a private detective.
a person remarkably adept at solving mysteries, especially by using insight and logical deduction: Who's the sherlock who can tell me where my pen is?
Other definitions for Sherlock (2 of 2)
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “fair-haired.”
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Volley, for example, has some “mature” games, like Love Taps, sherlock, and Infected, which include explicit language and content aimed at an older audience.A voice game boom is giving kids a break from screen time | Tanya Basu | March 27, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
There was sherlock, an old Cray model, that warmed my heart.The Deck Is Not Rigged: Poker and the Limits of AI | Maria Konnikova | August 7, 2020 | Singularity Hub
sherlock Holmes is a new millennium sex symbol with books, movies, and TV episodes introducing him to a new generation of fans.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World? | Ted Gioia | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, you could protest that sherlock did not really exist and the Ripper did.
LONDON — If sherlock Holmes was such a smart detective, why was he not put on the case of Jack the Ripper?
He is a pudgy, bespectacled, homburg-wearing cuckold of a sherlock in those fish-grey postwar years of 1970s England.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind | Michael Weiss | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Conan Doyle eventually left medicine and created sherlock Holmes, a character who brought science to the masses.Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure | Tessa Miller | April 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Vincent Alsop died; a presbyterian clergyman, who attacked Dr. sherlock with great wit and some seriousness.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
He shone as a polite scholar and a wit, and is famous for his controversy with Dr. sherlock on the subject of the trinity.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
He spent a great deal of his time on the front porch, finding it far from unpleasant to be regarded as a second sherlock Holmes.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
sherlock Holmes is the hero of the famous detective stories of Conan Doyle.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
We speak of "a sherlock Holmes" when we mean to describe some one who is very quick at finding out things.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill