private-eye

private eye

noun Slang.
a private detective.

Origin:
1935–40; eye, allusive phonetic rendering of I, abbreviation of investigator

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private eye
 
n
informal a private detective

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private eye definition


  1. n.
    a detective who is licensed to work privately rather than for a police department. : I worked for a while as a private eye.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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