detective

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Synonyms for detective

Synonyms for detective

a person whose work is investigating crimes or obtaining hidden evidence or information

Synonyms for detective

an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

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Now if you could get an old veteran detective down from St.
Ralph would not concede that the work of the detectives was likely to be in vain, for he thought that the prize offered would greatly stimulate their zeal and activity.
Wilson is a Londoner," said the Irish detective, with a smile.
The detectives were powerless, and Peter did not know where next the man would strike--perhaps at the lives of those near and dear to him.
Once over an abrupt dip of land and a dense tangle of thickets, the detectives actually lost the two figures they were following.
But, seriously, in spite of what I heard you say to the detectives, you surely cannot still believe in the possibility of Alfred Inglethorp's innocence?
Raffles did so without a smile; with his overcoat buttoned up to the chin, his tall hat pressed down to his eyes, and between the two his incisive features and his keen, stern glance, he looked the ideal detective of fiction and the stage.
It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake.
Here in London we have lots of Government detectives and lots of private ones.
I don't take much stock of detectives in novels--chaps that do things and never let you see how they do them.
One of those omniscient and awe-inspiring marvels, a detective, came up from St.
Your confidential clerk and your detective policeman are looking for a needle in a bottle of hay.
I am going to the Head Office; and I have got a letter of introduction to the chief inspector in the detective department.
A DETECTIVE searching for the murderer of a dead man was accosted by a Clew.
They were a deputy sheriff from Napa and a detective from San Francisco-- Holker and Jaralson, respectively.