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Pinkerton

[ping-ker-tuh n] /ˈpɪŋ kər tən/
noun
1.
Allan, 1819–84, U.S. detective, born in Scotland.
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  • Where Madame Butterfly hears that Pinkerton's ship has been sighted.

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  • Mr. Pinkerton tells how that state of safety may be obtained.

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  • "I feel it my duty to save the town unnecessary expense," said Deacon Pinkerton.

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  • It was superintended by Mr. and Mrs. Chase, distant relations of Deacon Pinkerton.

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  • She was at work in the kitchen when Deacon Pinkerton drove up.

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  • Here is an order from Deacon Pinkerton, chairman of the overseers of the poor.

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  • "No more spirit than she should have," returned Miss Pinkerton.

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  • Then opening the port, he dropped Pinkerton's burglar's tools over into the water.

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British Dictionary definitions for Pinkerton

Pinkerton

/ˈpɪŋkətən/
noun
1.
Allan. 1819–84, US private detective, born in Scotland. He founded the first detective agency in the US (1850) and organized an intelligence system for the Federal States of America (1861)
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Word Origin and History for Pinkerton
n.

"semi-official detective," 1888, from the detective agency begun in U.S. 1850 by Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Pinkerton

Pinkerton

noun

An operative or agent of the Pinkerton detective agency: how you suppose Pinkies get trainin' (1850+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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