[Ads-l] mole = spy antedating (?)

Peter Morris peter_morris_1 at BLUEYONDER.CO.UK
Thu Dec 3 02:33:17 UTC 2015

According to fred in this post, mole = spy is known from 1922


I think I've found one from 1910.

The truth is that historians have accepted these clandestine agencies as part of the ordinary machinary of statecraft. The moles are always there beneath the surface, and the mole-catchers are always at work to restore the balance of power.

The Spy in Modern History
The Athenaeum, no 4236 September 1910 (?)  p356

Usual disclaimers about Google dating apply, but this appears to be the same article, and shows the date

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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