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private detective

private detective

n
(Law) an individual privately employed to investigate a crime, keep watch on a suspected person, or make other inquiries. Also called: private investigator
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.private detective - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect informationprivate detective - 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

private detective

noun private investigator, detective, private eye (informal), sleuth (informal), gumshoe (U.S. & Canad.), private dick (U.S. & Canad.) She hired a private detective to search for evidence.
Translations
soukromý detektiv
zasebni detektiv

private detective

private investigator ninvestigatore/trice or detective m/f inv privato/a
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At that moment the Fynes, still at the window and watching like a pair of private detectives, saw a man with a long grey beard and a jovial face go up the steps helping himself with a thick stick, and knock at the door.
But there was also about him an indescribable air which no mechanic could have acquired in the practice of his handicraft however dishonestly exercised: the air common to men who live on the vices, the follies, or the baser fears of mankind; the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; to private detectives and inquiry agents; to drink sellers and, I should say, to the sellers of invigorating electric belts and to the inventors of patent medicines.
* Originally, they were private detectives; but they quickly became hired fighting men of the capitalists, and ultimately developed into the Mercenaries of the Oligarchy.
The aid of the Pinkertons and of countless private detective agencies was called in, and in addition to this thousands were upon our payroll.
With this object I engaged an agent from a private detective firm, who entered my husband's house as a secretary--it was your second secretary, Sergius, the one who left you so hurriedly.
Summary: The man convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher has hired private detectives in an attempt to clear his name.
PRIVATE detectives are being drafted in by a council - to track down overdue library books.
PLANS to hire private detectives to catch law-breaking cabbies have been defended by Rugby Borough Council.
A policeman who got the Yorkshire Ripper to confess was jailed for six months yesterday for selling confidential information from a force computer to private detectives.
PRIVATE detectives could be drafted in to stop illegal dumpers turning a rural country lane into an unofficial tip.
And in Wales, Catherine Coley forked out hundreds of pounds on private detectives when her 45-year-old tortoise Terry disappeared - and she got him back.
A college course for budding private detectives will be launched in Nottingham in September.