plainclothes
adjective Date: 1866 dressed in civilian clothes while on duty — used especially of a police officer

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  • plainclothes — plain·clothes / plān klōz, klōt̲h̲z/ adj: dressed in civilian clothes while on duty used esp. of a police officer Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • plainclothes — plain·clothes or plain clothes (plānʹklōzʹ, klōthzʹ ) adj. Wearing civilian clothes while on duty to avoid being identified as police or security: a plainclothes detective. * * * …   Universalium

  • plainclothes — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: plain clothes : not in uniform was directed to a plainclothes recruiting sergeant Nigel Dennis * * * plainˈclothes adjective Wearing ordinary clothes, not uniform (eg of a policeman on detective work) • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • plainclothes — 1. adjective Wearing ordinary civilian clothes instead of a uniform, in order to avoid detection. ,French: 2. noun Ordinary civilian clothes, rather than uniform. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • plainclothes — plain clothes noun ordinary clothes that police wear instead of a uniform in order to do their job without being recognized ╾ ,plain clothes adjective: a plain clothes detective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plainclothes — see plain clothes …   English dictionary

  • plainclothes — n. civilian clothing; undercover policeman …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plainclothes man — [plān′klōthz΄mən, plān′klōz΄mən] n. pl. plainclothesmen [plān′klōthz΄mən, plān′klōz΄mənplān′klōthz΄, plān′klōz΄] n. a detective or police officer who wears civilian clothes while on duty: also written plainclothesman [plān′klōthz΄mən,… …   Universalium

  • plainclothes man — [plān′klōthz΄mən, plān′klōz΄mən] n. pl. plainclothesmen [plān′klōthz΄mən, plān′klōz΄mənplān′klōthz΄, plān′klōz΄] n. a detective or police officer who wears civilian clothes while on duty: also written plainclothesman [plān′klōthz΄mən,… …   English World dictionary

  • Undercover — This article is about the investigatory practice. For other uses, see Undercover (disambiguation). Undercover agent and Plain clothes redirect here. For the 1939 film, see Undercover Agent (film). For other uses, see Plain clothes… …   Wikipedia

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