Cop and Private detective


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Cop noun – A member of a force charged with law enforcement at the local level.
Usage example: a cop stopped her for speeding

Private detective and cop are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Private detective" instead a noun "Cop".
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Private detective

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Private detective noun – A person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons.
Cop and private detective are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Cop" instead a noun phrase "Private detective".
Synonyms for Private detective

Both terms in one sentence

  • Stay in the Kitchen It annoys her, but since he's an ex-cop and private detective and she's a psychiatrist she grudginly defers to his judgments on matters that could get them both killed.
  • Private Detective The titular character of the Joe Copp series, written by Don Pendleton (also the author of The Executioner series), is a private detective who used to be a cop.
  • Bernie Little is a military veteran, an ex-cop, and currently a private detective in suburban Los Angeles.
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