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plainclothesman

[pleyn-klohz-muh n, -man, -klohth z-] /ˈpleɪnˈkloʊz mən, -ˌmæn, -ˈkloʊðz-/
noun, plural plainclothesmen
[pleyn-klohz-muh n, -men, -klohth z-] /ˈpleɪnˈkloʊz mən, -ˌmɛn, -ˈkloʊðz-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a police officer, especially a detective, who wears ordinary civilian clothes while on duty.
Also, plainclothes man.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; plain clothes + man1
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  • It need only send around an affable plainclothesman with a letter to be signed.

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