HyperDic: private_eye

English > 1 sense of the expression private eye:
NOUNperson private eye, private detective, PI, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlocksomeone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
English > private eye: 1 sense > noun 1, person
Meaningsomeone who can be employed as a detective to collect information.
Synonymsprivate detective, PI, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlock
Narrowerhotel detective, house detective, house dickA private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agentA private detective
store detectiveA private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
BroaderdetectiveAn investigator / investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
Spanishagente, detective, detective privado, investigador privado
Catalanagent, detectiu, detectiu privat, investigador privat

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