plain-clothes


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plain·clothes

or plain-clothes  (plān′klōz′, -klōthz′)
adj.
Wearing civilian clothes while on duty to avoid being identified as police or security: a plainclothes detective.
Translations

plain-clothes

[ˈpleɪnˈkləʊðz] ADJ plain-clothes policemanpolicía mf de civil or de paisano
References in classic literature ?
And again, lying at the wharf disposing of my oysters, there were dusky twilights when big policemen and plain-clothes men stole on board.
Of course, this conduct made the force only more distrustful of him than ever, and they would come and rout him out and ask him what he was doing there; and when he answered, "Nothing," he had merely come out for a stroll (it was then four o'clock in the morning), they looked as though they did not believe him, and two plain-clothes constables came home with him to see if he really did live where he had said he did.
There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself.
A tall, thin man with coloured glasses, whom I strongly suspected of being a plain-clothes detective, was pointing out some theory of his own, while the others crowded round to listen to what he said.
There was the clatter of running feet upon the pavement, and two policemen in uniform, with one plain-clothes detective, rushed through the front entrance and into the room.
Thorndike, unaccustomed to cross the pavement to his office unless escorted by bank messengers and plain-clothes men, felt the room growing rapidly smaller; the figure of the truculent Greek loomed to heroic proportions.
The victim's father, Ishtiaq Ahmed, said he had watched the CCTV footage which showed Intizar's car stopping after two plain-clothes men on a motorbike intercepted his vehicle.
A DRUG dealer was caught after two would-be customers were tailed through Cardiff by plain-clothes police officers.
A DRUG dealer was caught after two would-be customers were tailed through the centre of Cardiff by plain-clothes police officers.
The three plain-clothes policemen tracked him down using a web address.
PCs Stuart Hill and Andy Carnall were on plain-clothes patrol last September when they were told of a man in Printing House Street armed with a two-foot long blade.
The IGP also called for the deployment of both uniformed and plain-clothes police officials inside and around the Dargah, besides the main entry points.