private eye


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Examples of private eye in a Sentence

unable to get the interest of the police, they hired a private eye to find their missing daughter

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Just as the Defense Department contracts private companies to build nuclear submarines, social media companies hire digital private eyes to find fake posts meant to influence the way Americans think about certain issues or candidates. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Social Media Crime Fighters at FireEye Are Helping Facebook Find Fake Accounts," 12 Oct. 2018 The classic favorite board game CLUE is being twisted into a nail-biting series on Hub TV, with a group of modern-day private eye teens working together to crack mysteries in their town. Ellen Collis, Seventeen, "Must-Watch TV Tonight: The Premiere of CLUE!," 14 Nov. 2011 Moura sat down with the private eyes who had been working the case for nearly a decade. CBS News, "Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 16 years later," 19 May 2018 The series pairs a private eye (Eddie Cibrian) and a TV star (Rachel Bilson) seeking a comeback. Hal Boedeker,, "'America's Got Talent' has Orlando hopeful; 'Proposal,' 'Yellowstone' debut," 17 June 2018 Image Cormoran Strike has a more dramatic back story than your average television private eye. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘C.B. Strike’ Brings J.K. Rowling’s Detective Novels to TV," 31 May 2018 While that probe has concluded, Buckeye has contracted a start-up private eye, Copeland Investigations LLC, to look into allegations made in an anonymous Sept. 18 letter to the city manager. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Audit: Buckeye police suffered from paralyzing feuds, hostility under ex-leader," 14 May 2018 The private eye drove to Black Earth — about 70 miles west of Watertown — to talk with the waitresses. Gina Barton,, "CHAPTER 4: MISSING MOM," 20 Sep. 2017 Ace Atkins, who writes terrific books of his own, is the conduit for Parker’s long-running series starring Spenser — tough private eye, gourmand and professional wiseass. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, "Authors ably carry on legacies of late crime-fiction writers Tony Hillerman, Robert B. Parker," 17 Apr. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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