asset
   a spy
   Literally, anything useful or valuable. Common espionage jargon, according to the spy novelists:
    No, [from] an asset we have in place in Norway. (Clancy, 1986, giving a source of information)
   A unilaterally controlled Latino asset, or UCLA, was a spy or saboteur working for the US Central Intelligence Agency in Latin America:
    ... the CIA had played a direct role in placing underwater mines in three Nicaraguan harbors. This... had all been done by 'unilaterally controlled Latino assets' the UCLA's. (Woodward, 1987)

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  • Asset — (engl.) bezeichnet: Vermögen (Wirtschaft), das Vermögen, die Gesamtheit aller Güter Anlagevermögen, in einem Betrieb längerfristig eingesetzte Wirtschaftsgüter Kapitalanlage das zentrale Unternehmensfeld, die Kernkompetenz einen Inhalt (Daten,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • asset — Fowler (1926) called this a ‘false form’, meaning that the true form was assets, derived from a late Anglo French word which came in turn from Latin ad satis meaning ‘to sufficiency’, while asset was the lazy writer s alternative when unwilling… …   Modern English usage

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  • Asset — [ æsət] das; s, s <aus engl. asset »Stütze, Hilfe« zu altfr. asez (fr. assez) »genug«, dies aus vulgärlat. ad satis>: 1. Vermögenswert eines Unternehmens (Wirtsch.). 2. (meist Plur.) Besonderheit, Ergänzung, Zusatz (z. B. Bild u.… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • ASSET — Source for Software Engineering Technology kommerzieller Ableger des DARPA STARS Projekt, Verwaltungsgesellschaft des WSRD (http://www.asset.com/) …   Acronyms von A bis Z

  • asset — /ˈasset, ingl. ˈæsɛt/ [propr. «bene (economico)», dall anglo fr. assetz «(avere) a sufficienza, abbastanza»] s. m. inv. (econ.) bene …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • asset — [n1] advantage aid, benefit, blessing, boon, credit, distinction, help, resource, service, treasure; concept 661 Ant. disadvantage, liability asset(s) [n2] property or money possessed ace in the hole*, ace up sleeve*, backing, bankroll, budget,… …   New thesaurus

  • asset — [as′et] n. [earlier assets < Anglo Fr assetz (in legal phrase aver assetz, to have enough) < OFr assez, enough < VL * ad satis, sufficient < L ad, to + satis, enough: see SAD] 1. anything owned that has exchange value 2. a valuable or …   English World dictionary

  • Asset — As set, n. Any article or separable part of one s assets. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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