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Synonyms for fifth column

a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage

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In 1941, talk about fifth columns in Saskatoon--and in Canada generally--began to abate.
The Fifth Column that betrays a nation unprepared for treachery.
So the Italian men who had not or would not take British citizenship were classed as "belligerent foreign nationals", so with the knowledge of fifth columns and Qui Shingo fresh in people's minds, these men were taken into custody for the safety and security of the country, and as far as Middlesbrough people knew they were held on the Isle of Wight or the Isle of Man.
Look at the picture and every day there are new things from these think tanks, who are of course under the orders of Mr Blair, who is privatisation crazy, and the fifth columns of his supporters who will do everything he asks to turn the words into action and can't see the wood for the trees.
and Subsidiaries, Period Revenue and Statistical Report (Revenue in thousands -- Unaudited), the headings for the second and fifth columns should reference Note 4.
These materials, called III-V compound semiconductors because their chemical elements are referenced in the third and fifth columns of the universal chemistry periodical tables, will serve as alternatives to current technologies and will extend silicon's known capabilities as the preferred semiconductor.