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plain clothes

plural noun

  • in plain clothes
    de civil
    de paisano (Spain)
    de particular (Río de la Plata)
    (before noun) a plain-clothes policeman
    un policía de civil
    un policía de paisano (Spain)
    un policía de particular (Río de la Plata)
    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.
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