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Meaning of "private eye" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PRIVATE EYE

private eye play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PRIVATE EYE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Private eye is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PRIVATE EYE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Private eye

Private eye commonly refers to: ▪ Private investigator, a hired detective ▪ Private Eye, a British satirical magazine Private eye may also refer to...

Definition of private eye in the English dictionary

The definition of private eye in the dictionary is a private detective.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PRIVATE EYE

private bar
private bill
private branch exchange
private company
private detective
private dick
private education
private enterprise
private equity
Private Finance Initiative
private health insurance
private hearing
private hotel
private income
private investigator
private joke
private language
private law
private life
private limited company

WORDS THAT END LIKE PRIVATE EYE

an eye for an eye
apple of one´s eye
beady eye
black eye
eagle eye
easy on the eye
electric eye
evil eye
half an eye
hook and eye
in the public eye
look someone in the eye
mind´s eye
more than meets the eye
my eye
red eye
see eye to eye
smack in the eye
third eye
turn a blind eye

Synonyms and antonyms of private eye in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «private eye» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PRIVATE EYE

Find out the translation of private eye to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of private eye from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «private eye» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

私家侦探
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

detective privado
570 millions of speakers

English

private eye
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

निजी नेत्र
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

العين خاصة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

частный детектив
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

detetive particular
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্যক্তিগত চোখ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

détective privé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mata sulit
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Privatdetektiv
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

私立探偵
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

사설 탐정
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mripat pribadi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thám tử tư
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

புலனாய்வாளர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खाजगी डोळा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

özel dedektif
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

investigatore privato
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

prywatny detektyw
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

приватний детектив
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

detectiv particular
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ιδιωτικό μάτι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

private eye
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

private eye
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

private eye
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of private eye

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PRIVATE EYE»

The term «private eye» is regularly used and occupies the 63.980 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PRIVATE EYE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «private eye» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «private eye» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about private eye

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PRIVATE EYE»

Discover the use of private eye in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to private eye and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Behind the Private Eye: The Private Investigator's Secrets : ...
These stories are an incredible insight to the PI world, and are both entertaining and fascinating. Each story details real-life implementation of techniques described in the book.
Chris Cooper, 2005
2
Harry Lipkin, Private Eye: A Novel
Sure to appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith, Harry Lipkin, Private Eye is sharp, funny and irresistible.
Barry Fantoni, 2012
3
Big Hairy Drama (Joey Fly, Private Eye, Book 2)
When Greta Divawing, butterfly star of the Scarab Beetle Theatre, goes missing a week before the opening performance of "Bugliacci," Joey Fly is called in to investigate her puzzling disappearance.
Aaron Reynolds, 2010
4
Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye: True Stories from the ...
The stories are based on Olson's case files, fictionalized (to protect the innocent, and the guilty) by bestselling author Stephen Leather.
Warren Olson, 2006
5
Writing the Private Eye Novel: A Handbook
Mystery writers such as Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton, and Parnell Hall offer advice and tips on writing the private eye novel
Robert J. Randisi, 1997
6
Private Eye
Private Eye draws upon the metaphor of the poet as private investigator to uncover a world of wonder hidden beneath the ordinary.
Wendy Morton, 2001
7
Booze and the Private Eye: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel
It discusses the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker, Lawrence Block, Marcia Muller, Karen Kijewski and Sue Grafton.
Rita Elizabeth Rippetoe, 2004
8
Jack Hagee, Private Eye
Ex-military Intelligence, former police detective, and the last honest man in New York City - Jack Hagee is bad news for the bad guys.
C. J. Henderson, Doug Klauba, 2005
9
Private Eye Protector (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Suspense) ...
IF ONLY SHE COULD REMEMBER After an accident, single mother Rayne Sampson loses her recent memories.
Shirlee McCoy, 2011
10
Private Eye Cats: Book One: The Case of the Neighborhood ...
Scooter and Nugget cannot be content like most other house cats eating, sleeping, and annoying their humans.
S. N. Bronstein, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PRIVATE EYE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term private eye is used in the context of the following news items.
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And that's the news from Lake Wobegon …
Guy Noir, private eye, said he might drive up from The Cities. Dusty and Lefty were expecting to ride in from their campsite out on the range. «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»
2
'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Spoilers: Jimmy McGill to Become Saul …
Meanwhile, actor Jonathan Banks, who portrays police officer turned private eye Michael Ehrmantraut aka Mike, teased that viewers will get to ... «International Business Times, India Edition, Jul 15»
3
Bruce Willis, David Arquette New Action Movie Is Star-Studded …
Bruce Willis and David Arquette's new flick follows the story of a private eye (Willis) whose personal and professional life clashes when a gang ... «Franchise Herald, Jul 15»
4
'Brush Back' By Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 with the introduction of private eye V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only. V.I. – tough ... «WAMC, Jul 15»
5
Original short story: The Winshaw Prize, by Jonathan Coe
A brief account of the sackings was included in the next issue of Private Eye, where readers were also offered a recap of some of the more ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
6
Blithe spirit
It was a proud moment when, lying on a sunbed on the very first day of my holiday, I belatedly opened my airport copy of “Private Eye” to find ... «The Bookseller, Jul 15»
7
Health is welched
Philhealth has reportedly closed its payment windows for all eye doctors and private eye clinics that offer cataract surgical procedures to ... «Inquirer.net, Jul 15»
8
Surveying the independent landscape
The majority of practices charge £40 or less for a private eye examination. More than half of respondents said their patients spend 30 minutes ... «Optometry Today, Jul 15»
9
John Sullivan's tips about chasing down cheating hearts
Matrimonial private eye John Sullivan expected to be busy after the Ashley Madison site hack. After all, Ottawa is a well-know address on the ... «Ottawa Sun, Jul 15»
10
'Sandman Slim' Is Urban Fantasy With Brains, Guts And A …
From here on out, Stark will work as an actual supernatural private eye, taking on cases in the grimy, borderline dystopian streets of LA. «NPR, Jul 15»

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