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Pinkerton

[ping-ker-tuhn]
noun
Allan, 1819–84, U.S. detective, born in Scotland.
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Pinkerton (ˈpɪŋkətən)
 
n
Allan. 1819--84, US private detective, born in Scotland. He founded the first detective agency in the US (1850) and organized an intelligence system for the Federal States of America (1861)

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Pinkerton
"semi-official detective," 1888, from the detective agency begun in U.S. 1850 by Allan Pinkerton.
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