private detective

noun

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Examples of private detective in a Sentence

when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective
Recent Examples on the Web Lionel Essrog is a private detective who doesn’t let Tourette’s syndrome stand in the way of his job. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Palladino, a storied private detective, was attacked outside his home Sunday by two men allegedly trying to rob him. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. leaders seek to reassure a city rattled by recent killings," 2 Feb. 2021 Over lunch, private detective Jake Gittes asks wealthy villain Noah Cross about the purpose of the land baron’s vast fortune. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "First Drive: The New 502 HP 911 GT3 Is a High-Revving, Naturally Aspirated Gift to Porsche Purists," 20 Apr. 2021 Lionel Essrog is a private detective who doesn’t let Tourette’s syndrome stand in the way of his job. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Lionel Essrog is a private detective who doesn’t let Tourette’s syndrome stand in the way of his job. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Lionel Essrog is a private detective who doesn’t let Tourette’s syndrome stand in the way of his job. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Enter Raymond Schindler, a private detective who, like the mob that rushed the station, wielded a rope of his own. Washington Post, "The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP," 19 Mar. 2021 The title sleuth is a delightful 83-year-old widower enlisted by a private detective to go undercover in a rest home to find out if a client’s mother is being mistreated. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking at this year’s Oscar final five," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of private detective

1861, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Private detective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/private%20detective. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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