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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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,, "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,, "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 Judgement tells the story of Takayuki Yagami, a disgraced lawyer turned private eye with deep connections to Kamurocho’s criminal underworld. Matthew Gault, Time, "Judgement Is the Perfect Game for Getting Into Japan's Favorite Crime Series," 24 July 2019 But its darker sensibility yields a strangely cynical story. 1:15 PM ET In the canon of 2000s teen TV protagonists, Kristen Bell’s plucky private eye Veronica Mars carved out a category all her own. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Moody Return of Veronica Mars," 15 July 2019 The novel, which has been in the works for years, is being co-written with Reed Farrel Coleman, the crime author best known for his series of novels featuring Moe Prager, an ex-police officer turned private eye. Michael Schaub,, "Michael Mann’s novel based on ‘Heat’ will be released next year," 8 July 2019 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 17 years later," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of private eye

1938, in the meaning defined above

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concealment of treason or felony

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