fifth column, Trojan horse(noun)
a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage; an enemy in your midst
A group of people which clandestinely undermines a larger group, such as a nation, to which it is expected to be loyal.
A fifth column is a group of people who undermine a larger group, such as a nation or a besieged city, from within. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize when coordination with an external attack requires and extend even to uniformed military operations as part of a coordinated campaign. They can be clandestine, involving acts of sabotage, disinformation campaigns, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force.
The numerical value of fifth column in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of fifth column in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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We do have, I'm sad to say, a fifth column that is living within our own countries that is utterly opposed to our values, we're going to have to be a lot braver... in standing up for our Judaeo-Christian culture.
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- пятая калонаBelarusian
- пета колонаBulgarian
- quinta columna, cinquena columnaCatalan, Valencian
- pátá kolonaCzech
- Fünfte KolonneGerman
- πέμπτη φάλαγγαGreek
- quinta columnaSpanish
- ستون پنجمPersian
- cinquième colonneFrench
- հինգերորդ շարասյունArmenian
- 第五列, 第5列Japanese
- vijfde colonneDutch
- piąta kolumnaPolish
- quinta colunaPortuguese
- пятая колоннаRussian
- femte kolonnSwedish
- п'ята колонаUkrainian
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