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house detective

noun
1.
an employee of a department store, hotel, etc., employed to prevent thefts, violations of regulations, or other forms of misconduct on the part of patrons.
Origin of house detective
1895-1900
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
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  • The manager of the hotel and a house detective were also in the group.

  • At this juncture the house detective appeared at the doorway.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
  • "But one person, a man, has visited her," answered the house detective.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
  • It reminded me to wait with what patience I could summon for the house detective.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • If you're the house detective, why do you mix up in this affair?

  • The house detective and Arthur started back to the Waldorf together.

  • Down the hall strolled Donahue, the house detective—Donahue the leisurely.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • But he was restrained by the house detective who held him while Buck and his crony slunk away.

  • But on the evening of the third day the house detective tipped Joe off that his prey was leaving in the morning.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • The house detective paced through the long rooms twice and made a careful survey of the balcony.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed

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