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plain clothes

pl n
(Law)
a. ordinary clothes, as distinguished from uniform, as worn by a police detective on duty
b. (as modifier): a plain-clothes policeman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plain clothes - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.plain clothes - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
civies, civvies - civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
mufti - civilian dress worn by a person who is entitled to wear a military uniform
Translations
لِباس عادي ، غَيْر رَسْمي
civilní šaty
civilt tøjciviltøjs-
civil
óeinkennisklæddur
civilné šaty

plain clothes

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plain

(plein) adjective
1. simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration. plain living; good, plain food.
2. easy to understand; clear. His words were quite plain.
3. absolutely open or honest, with no attempt to be tactful. I'll be quite plain with you; plain speaking.
4. obvious. It's plain (to see) you haven't been practising your music.
5. not pretty. a rather plain girl.
noun
1. a large flat level piece of land. the plains of central Canada.
2. a kind of knitting stitch.
ˈplainly adverb
ˈplainness noun
plain chocolate
dark chocolate not containing milk.
plain clothes ordinary clothes, not a uniform: Detectives usually wear plain clothes; adjective (etc)
a plain-clothes job.
plain sailing
progress without difficulty.
ˌplain-ˈspoken adjective
speaking honestly and candidly, not trying to be tactful. She is a very plain-spoken person who always says what she means.
in plain English
in simple words; clearly expressed. Would you mind explaining it in plain English?
References in classic literature ?
He was puzzled, however, by the young man's plain clothes, for he had always heard of Evgenie Pavlovitch as a military man.
Somehow I couldn't do it myself, so I went around and got a plain clothes man to do the job.
The landlord, in plain clothes, and bareheaded, placed himself on the bottom marble step, abreast the PORTIER, who stood on the other end of the same steps; six or eight waiters, gloved, bareheaded, and wearing their whitest linen, their whitest cravats, and their finest swallow-tails, grouped themselves about these chiefs, but leaving the carpetway clear.
There were only a couple of women in the dock, who were nodding to their admiring friends, while the clerk read some depositions to a couple of policemen and a man in plain clothes who leant over the table.
He was only half dressed--in plain clothes, I observed, not in uniform--and his hair was unbrushed, and he looked as wild as his room.
He was dressed in plain clothes, and wore at his button-hole the ribbons of the different orders to which he belonged.
So saying, Mr Crummles, after pretending that he thought he must have lost it, produced a square inch of newspaper from the pocket of the pantaloons he wore in private life (which, together with the plain clothes of several other gentlemen, lay scattered about on a kind of dresser in the room), and gave it to Nicholas to read:
Four pigeon-breasted retainers in plain clothes stand in line in the hall.
At a wooden table in front of the window, which normally looked out on this landscape, sat two men in plain clothes, but with something of a military bearing, for indeed they were the two chiefs of the detective service of that district.
At sight of my conductor, a black in plain clothes and yellow slippers who was gliding noiselessly about, and whispering messages in the ears of the more impatient, made a sign of recognition, and glided off to announce him.
There would be no point in my being in plain clothes if I looked exactly what I was.
This I regretted the more because I caught sight of two skulking fellows, looking very much like policemen in plain clothes, watching us from a corner of the great hall.