plainclothesman :

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  • n  a detective who wears civilian clothes on duty

  • The plainclothesman watched laughing as the boy was put aboard a police truck.
  • A plainclothesman who had interrogated Chessman the day after his arrest testified that he made several statements linking him to the red-light crimes, including an admission .
  • At week's end, the former plainclothesman was awaiting trial in Rome's Queen of Heaven jail; Professor Gramantieri, in view of all the publicity, was thinking about a safer place .

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