private detective
noun Date: 1861 private investigator

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • private detective — detective who works for and is paid by a private client …   English contemporary dictionary

  • private detective — private de tective n someone who can be employed to look for information or missing people, or to follow people and report on what they do …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • private detective — private de tective noun count * someone who is paid to follow people secretly or to find out information about their lives …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • private detective — a detective who is not a member of an official force but is employed by private parties. Also called private investigator. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

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