detective


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  • noun

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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But when he left, he left in great spirits, for he perceived that just by pure luck and no troublesome labor he had accomplished several delightful things: he had touched both men on a raw spot and seen them squirm; he had modified Wilson's sweetness for the twins with one small bitter taste that he wouldn't be able to get out of his mouth right away; and, best of all, he had taken the hated twins down a peg with the community; for Blake would gossip around freely, after the manner of detectives, and within a week the town would be laughing at them in its sleeve for offering a gaudy reward for a bauble which they either never possessed or hadn't lost.
Wilson, I am not a detective, and these unhappy happenings have left you in charge of that branch of the business.
To this household, Your Highness," the detective repeated.
He went on to Whitehall, and he tried the detective police.
The Detective eagerly scanned the page, and found an official statement that the deceased was dead.
There is some rascally mystery here," said Detective Jaralson.
He possesses two out of the three qualities necessary for the ideal detective.
The detective was on his feet, hat settled and stick in hand.
It was this case which was to rank him as the leading newspaper reporter, and to obtain for him the reputation of being the greatest detective in the world.
He told me there was a detective in the background, but that was all.
Your suggestions," the detective said, "are making this case a very interesting one.
All knowledge comes useful to the detective," remarked Holmes.
Skilful detectives have been sent to all the principal ports of America and the Continent, and he'll be a clever fellow if he slips through their fingers.
On the way, by virtue of his political affiliations, he had been able to pick up a captain of detectives.
By the first ferry boat of the morning half a dozen San Francisco detectives arrived, and several hours later the secretary, in high excitement, erupted on Peter Winn.
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