Private-eye definition

(slang) A private detective.
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(idiomatic) A private personal detective, employed to gather information about someone.
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Attributive form of private eye.

Private-eye license.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
private-eye
Plural:
private-eyes

Origin of private-eye

  • From private investigator and its abbreviation P.I., through the homophonic term eye in place of "I", and the used of eye as a reference to survellience

    From Wiktionary