private eye


Definition of private eye

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 The pitch-black noir comedy follows Robert Downey Jr. as a petty crook turned aspiring actor and Val Kilmer as a wildly impatient private eye. Tres Dean, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Diskeletton Studios delivers a classic private eye tale in this side-scrolling 2D point and click graphic adventure. Jd Linville, Variety, 12 Nov. 2021 Ahmed's convictions were investigated by private eye Scott Lewis and the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021 The series follows Oates, a private eye with friends like Wyatt Earp, Harry Houdini, and other famous folks., 10 Sep. 2021 The private eye told Doug that Ashley was seeing another man and in November 2019, Doug filed for divorce. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 The plot starts with a familiar refrain: Woman walks into private eye’s office and wants a killing solved. cleveland, 2 Aug. 2021 In this turn, kick-ass private eye Cass must find a missing teenage girl in the middle of a Midwestern winter before the Bad Guys find her. Ew Staff,, 14 July 2021 Bruising ex-cop, grubby private eye, Hollywood fixer and confidant Freddy Otash was the kind of behind-the-scenes figure who kept crawling toward the limelight. Washington Post, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of private eye

1938, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2022

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“Private eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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