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The proper business of an ‘agent provocateur’ is to provoke.

He and his agent, the Hon. Amos Kendall, determined to rely on private enterprise.

Otherwise the agent will soon put an end to the Association.

How they had employed John Chivery as their sole clerk and agent, seeing to whom he was devoted.

The agent of their master applied to a law firm in Cleveland for assistance.

The agent heard him placidly, as one who listens to a curious tale.

The agent was for the moment dickering in re two pounds of sugar.

Then, with an added violence, he came to his final charge of the agent himself.

Entered history at an early date as the agent for the Garden of Eden.

Would it not be a good idea for you to appoint me your 'London agent?'

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "one who acts," from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful," present participle of agere "to set in motion, drive, lead, conduct" (see act (n.)). Meaning "any natural force or substance which produces a phenomenon" is from 1550s. Meaning "deputy, representative" is from 1590s. Sense of "spy, secret agent" is attested by 1916.

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