private eye

noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Further solidifying that everything will get rebooted eventually, Deadline is reporting that Netflix is working on a prequel series to Chinatown, Roman Polanski’s 1974 movie about a private eye on the tail of an adulterer. Wired, "Fans May or May Not Get a Joker Sequel," 21 Nov. 2019 Duggan was seen meeting with Hassan after hours at a suburban location in surveillance video captured by Carmack's private eye and broadcast outside City Hall last November. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Duggan will not punish Chief of Staff Alexis Wiley over deleted emails, orders training," 4 Apr. 2019 Encyclopedia Brown was an 11-year-old private eye who worked out of his garage, and the kids from his neighborhood could come and hire him for a quarter. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Damon Lindelof reveals his 7 biggest pop culture influences," 12 Sep. 2019 Or Paramount chairman Brad Grey, who allegedly hired a private eye, Tony Pellicano, to snoop on a producer, without pausing to think someone might find out? Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Les Moonves, Kevin Tsujihara and the Art of Hollywood Self-Sabotage," 23 Aug. 2019 Murder, crime, seduction, private eyes, femme fatales, and ridiculous metaphors. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Greek festival, comedy and more," 25 Aug. 2019 No major case in Neptune would be complete without the most annoying and abrasive private eye jumping in on the action. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Every original Veronica Mars character who returned for Hulu's revival," 20 July 2019 The actor stars as Lionel Essrog, whose only friend is fellow private eye Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Marcus Jones, EW.com, "See Edward Norton play a P.I. trying to solve his mentor's murder in Motherless Brooklyn trailer," 22 Aug. 2019 Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe follows two wealthy sisters through a maze of murders. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of private eye

1938, in the meaning defined above

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4 Dec 2019

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“Private eye.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/private%20eye. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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private eye

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