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plain·clothes·man

or plain·clothes man  (plān′klōz′mən, -klōthz′-)
n.
A member of a police force, especially a detective, who wears civilian clothes on duty.

plainclothesman

(ˈpleɪnˌkləʊðzmən)
n, pl -men
(Law) old-fashioned a policeman who wears ordinary clothes when working, rather than a uniform

plain•clothes•man

(ˈpleɪnˈkloʊz mən, -ˌmæn, -ˈkloʊðz-)

also plain′clothes′ man`,



n., pl. -men (-mən, -ˌmɛn)
a police officer, esp. a detective, who wears civilian clothes while on duty.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plainclothesman - a detective who wears civilian clothes on duty
detective, police detective, tec, investigator - a police officer who investigates crimes
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Then she faced about and sat still while the Rubberneck auto stopped at the flash of the badge under the coat of the plainclothes man.
You'll come with us, please," announced the plainclothes man.
Now I found a plainclothes man, two guides, two managers, and a driver were herding us.