detective work

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Noun1.detective work - a police investigation to determine the perpetratordetective work - a police investigation to determine the perpetrator; "detection is hard on the feet"
police investigation, police work - the investigation of criminal activities
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It's a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work.
He used to say that all good detective work was a mere matter of method.
You wonder," said my companion, "why it is that Mycroft does not use his powers for detective work.
You can usually do a bit of detective work by looking at what grows in the neighbourhood.
As a retired 93-year-old in 1947, the great detective, who has witnessed first-hand the devastation of nuclear warfare in Japan, retreats to a seaside farmhouse where he and a young boy revisit the case that made him give up his detective work.
He said: "The court regards the failure by the police to undertake basic detective work of counting the number of plants as quite unacceptable and a complete failure to discharge their duty to the court and the public.
His earnestness and dedication to his detective work against all manner of hurdles provides a feast of laughs as Timmy ponders his solutions and works on his strategems.
She and her best friend, Tariq, save the life of a stolen race horse and find that their reward is a fabulous trip to a US farm in Kentucky and that's when the real detective work starts.
Reid provides an informative recap of Chanti's detective work from the first book.
Acting Detective Inspector Steve Walters, who investigated, said: "The three were clearly about to commit a crime of some description, but some really fast detective work allowed us not only to stop them but arrest them and bring them to justice.
Jayne McKay from Sketts said: "Our search for Monsieur Maury, with much detective work, lots of false leads and a number of red herrings, seemed to have ended up in a proverbial cul-de-sac.
Eddie Shoestring is a computer expert who suffers a nervous breakdown and turns to detective work instead.