private detective


Examples of private detective in a Sentence

when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective
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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of private detective was in 1861

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“Private detective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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