private eye

private eye


Definition of PRIVATE EYE

a person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons <unable to get the interest of the police, they hired a private eye to find their missing daughter>
Related Words shadow, tail, tracer, tracker; fed, Federal, G-man, narc (or nark) [slang], plainclothesman

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up private eye? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).