plainclothesman

or plain·clothes man

[pleyn-klohz-muh n, -man, -klohth z-]
noun, plural plain·clothes·men [pleyn-klohz-muh n, -men, -klohth z-] /ˈpleɪnˈkloʊz mən, -ˌmɛn, -ˈkloʊðz-/.
  1. a police officer, especially a detective, who wears ordinary civilian clothes while on duty.

Origin of plainclothesman

First recorded in 1925–30; plain clothes + man1
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