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 ?
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.
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.
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.
And again, lying at the wharf disposing of my oysters, there were dusky twilights when big policemen and plain-clothes men stole on board.
A plain-clothes police officer made himself known, and asked if Eltahawy wanted to press charges and so began filing a complaint at a Cairo police station.
Bottles were thrown as armed plain-clothes police moved in to question the suspect after being alerted by a Merseyside officer travelling with the Blues contingent.
was shopping at a local supermarket near his home in Al Muraqqabat when the plain-clothes policemen said they wanted to speak to him.
Yesterday's Record featured shocking footage of plain-clothes officers savagely kicking and kneeing supporters as they arrested them.
Under tight security arrangements made by the police, plain-clothes police personnel have also been deployed in the markets with the consultation of traders.
Summary: Amateur footage that purports to show Syrian plain-clothes police officers bundling alleged protesters into a van has leaked out of Syria.