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plain clothes Line breaks: plain clothes
Pronunciation: /ˌpleɪn ˈkləʊðz/

Definition of plain clothes in English:

plural noun

Ordinary clothes rather than uniform, especially when worn by police officers: [as modifier]: plain-clothes detectives
More example sentences
  • He was chased by three to five policemen in plain clothes.
  • We wore plain clothes rather than uniform and slept in them, including our shoes, for weeks on end.
  • Some of that misunderstanding may have arisen innocently, if for example a witness saw a man leaping the barrier without realising that he was in fact a police officer in plain clothes.


Example sentences
  • The man, whom he said looked like a Pakistani was being pursued by three plain-clothed officers.
  • She arrived at the house late last week, along with a plain-clothed female officer in a red VW Golf.
  • In broad daylight of mid-day, six plain-clothed policemen stopped them.
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