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private eye

noun, Slang.
1.
a private detective.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; eye, allusive phonetic rendering of I, abbreviation of investigator
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British Dictionary definitions for private eyne

private eye

noun
1.
(informal) a private detective
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Idioms and Phrases with private eyne

private eye

A privately employed detective, as opposed to one working for the police or another authority. For example, The children loved stories about private eyes, and Janey wanted to become one. This expression comes from the term private investigator, the “i” of investigator being changed to “eye,” which plays on the idea of a person looking into things. [ 1930s ]
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