House-detective meaning

A detective employed by a retail store, hotel, or other establishment to prevent theft or misconduct by patrons.
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A private detective working as for a hotel or large store to prevent disorderly conduct, theft, etc.
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A person employed by a privately owned establishment, such as a hotel or large retail store, with the job of preventing wrongdoing and apprehending violators of laws or other regulations.
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Alternative spelling of house detective.
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