private detective

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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

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Last, there is Brodie himself, who is now to be found working uninspiring cases as a private detective, while awkwardly spending time with his adolescent son. The Economist, "Jackson Brodie returns in “Big Sky”," 4 July 2019 The police have yet to open an official criminal investigation and the family is now considering hiring a private detective. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Daughter of missing California hiker says searchers are doing 'everything we can out here'," 16 July 2019 Alexander, a private detective, is too caught up in his latest case, a missing child, to want to venture into having his own. Clea Simon, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Ghost Clause’ peers through the walls of loss and memory," 10 July 2019 This weekend’s other new release is Warner Bros.’ Shaft, the next chapter in the film franchise about the legendary New York City private detective. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Men in Black: International continues lackluster summer box office with $28.5 million opening," 16 June 2019 As the story opens, Brodie is coping with his shambles of a personal life while working as a private detective on the west coast of England. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, "A vile conspiracy is taken down in long-awaited novel 'Big Sky'," 25 June 2019 Prosecutors argued in court that Warmus purchased a gun from a private detective and used it to kill Betty Jeanne Solomon, shooting her nine times in the Solomons' home before going to meet Paul Solomon at a hotel. Taylor Romine, CNN, "Carolyn Warmus, the woman convicted in the 'Fatal Attraction' murder, has been released from prison," 18 June 2019 Veronica is back home and as cynical and witty as ever, and this new trailer shows off a bit of what to expect: Veronica returned home after being away for years, and is working as a private detective alongside her father. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Watch the first full trailer for Veronica Mars season 4," 14 June 2019 Rodham, who never graduated from college, had several jobs, including stints as a prison guard and private detective, according to the The New York Times. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, Tony Rodham, dies," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of private detective

1861, in the meaning defined above

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private detective

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