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house detective

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
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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