Pinkerton

[ping-ker-tuh n]
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  • Where Madame Butterfly hears that Pinkerton's ship has been sighted.

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

    Taxidermy

    Leon Luther Pray

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

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

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

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

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

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.


British Dictionary definitions for pinkerton

Pinkerton

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

Pinkerton

n.

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

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