from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See private investigator.
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- n. A private personal detective, employed to gather information about someone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
My office suite was in the same building on the second floor, and from there I played private eye in between assignments from the OIA.
He may not've been the traditional private eye who tossed back Scotch on the job but this boy loved his beer.
Lauren Bacall’s telling the private eye played by Humphrey Bogart that he forgot one thing: “Me,” she says.
It was, however, considerably more popular and was used by every security, private eye or industrial espionage outfit that could afford the eight-thousand-dollar price tag.