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private detective Line breaks: pri|vate de¦tect|ive
(also private investigator)

Definition of private detective in English:


A freelance detective who carries out covert investigations on behalf of private clients.
Example sentences
  • Behind the scenes, private investigators are doing covert surveillance for government agencies and the insurance industry, or tracing people to serve court orders.
  • We as a municipality then continued our investigation by appointing a private investigator.
  • It remains unclear how much information the government has about his actions and whether the lawyers and clients who retained the private investigator knew of any wiretapping.
informalprivate eye, PI, sleuth, snoop
North American informalprivate dick, peeper, shamus, gumshoe
informal, , datedhawkshaw, sherlock
North American datedPinkerton

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