plain·clothes·man | \ˈplān-ˈklō(t͟h)z-mən, -ˌman\

Definition of plainclothesman 

: a plainclothes police officer

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Hustling bucks and ducking the Third Division boys, those earnest young plainclothesmen assigned to the vice squad who work out of the 17th Precinct on the East Side. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part II: Redpants and Sugarman," 9 Sep. 2017

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plainclothesman

: a police officer who does not wear a uniform while on duty

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