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also Sher·lock  (shûr′lŏk′)
A detective.

[After Sherlock Holmes, detective in stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.]


a detective
to investigate (something)
[after Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective]


(ˈʃɜr lɒk)

n. (often cap.)
1. a detective.
2. a person adept at solving mysteries, esp. by using insight and logical deduction.
[1900–05; after Sherlock Holmes, fictitious detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle]
Sher•lock′i•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sherlock - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect informationsherlock - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
hotel detective, house detective, house dick - a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agent - a private detective
store detective - a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
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In the Op, Hammett revolutionised the traditional figure of the detective, strong-arming him out of his Sherlockian smoking jacket and into an American-made trench coat, shoving him out of his armchair and down those dark alleys where the most realistic crimes are waiting to be solved.
Convoluted in a Sherlockian sort of way and redolent of an age gone by, Old Scores is clever, wry and chock-full of period odds and ends--and their somewhat fractious history with one another.
There would be new days, new stations and new people for me to conduct this absurd exercise on, all the while deriving an unusual satisfaction from this bizarrely Sherlockian experience.
In "Sherlock Holmes and the Lady in Black", author June Thomson has done full honors to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character in this deftly crafted Sherlockian novel that is a truly riveting read from cover to cover.
Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere.
A Sherlockian expert, playwright, short story writer and novelist, Davies' books include studies of Sherlock Holmes in the movies, a biography of actor Jeremy Brett, two stage plays about the great detective and books set in World War Two featuring one-eyed detective Johnny Hawke.
His latest book, Small Data, explains his Sherlockian methodology through a series of case studies in what is an engrossing, yet sometimes disturbing read.
the Bureaucrat," Sherlockian Marshall McLuhan asserts that the "ordinary man finds a hero in Holmes and in his numerous descendants because the bureaucrat is always putting a finger on each of us in a way which makes us feel like Kafka characters.
This is definitely more of a character study of Moriarty than the average Sherlockian mystery--in fact, other than as a love interest, there was no need for Lock in this book.
The Sherlockian team (I picked up the adjective in a review and can't help but borrow) is joined by moon-sensitive former New Fiddleham detective Charlie Barker, dueling diva paleontologists, a Hagrid-meets-Yukon Cornelius beast tracker, a fierce journalist and a cast of valley-dwellers who had a much easier time tending the livestock than managing this descending menagerie.
After the success of his earlier Holmes novel, House of Silk, Horowitz explores uncharted territory in a "fantasia on Sherlockian themes" (Telegraph) without, well, the singular detective himself.
Both are unusually large works (for the artist) whose minutiae still make Sherlockian demands on the viewer.