plain-clothes men


[pleyn-klohz-muhn, -man, -klohthz-]
noun, plural plainclothesmen [pleyn-klohz-muhn, -men, -klohthz-] .
a police officer, especially a detective, who wears ordinary civilian clothes while on duty.
Also, plainclothes man.

1925–30; plain clothes + man1 Unabridged
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