private investigator

Definitions of private investigator
  1. noun
    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
    synonyms: PI, operative, private detective, private eye, shamus, sherlock
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    hotel detective, house detective, house dick
    a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
    inquiry agent
    a private detective
    store detective
    a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
    type of:
    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
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