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 In 2011, a man who presented himself as a private detective started a Facebook campaign that targeted a few of Tair’s girlfriends, suggesting that they were involved in the murder in posts that quickly gained traction. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Lauper will portray Ruthie, a Broadway usher who spends her nights moonlighting as a private detective and ends up creating a whole lot of trouble for the protagonist. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 1 Aug. 2022 Starring Kristen Bell in her breakout role, Veronica Mars follows a young woman who moonlights as a private detective while going through high school and college. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 17 June 2022 In the early 1990s, Larry Meyer and Clough’s ex-husband hired a private detective to try to find Sommers, Clough said. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Hye-jun is a genius hacker and Su-cheol runs a private detective agency. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Exact plot details for the show remain under wraps, aside from the fact that it is described as a genre-bending contemporary take on the private detective story set in Los Angeles. Joe Otterson, Variety, 9 June 2022 It’s about an unlicensed private detective named Lou and her new assistant Molly. Rachel Brodsky, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 Greg McCandless, 51, a retired private detective from Reston, Virginia, stood outside the courthouse wearing a pirate hat and red head scarf, a nod to Depp’s famous role as Capt. Denise Lavoie, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of private detective

1861, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Private detective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/private%20detective. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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