plain clothes


plain clothes
Civilian clothes worn by someone in an occupation or organization for which a uniform might be expected, as the police or clergy.

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  • plain-clothes — adj [only before noun] plain clothes police are police who wear ordinary clothes so that they can work without being recognized …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plain|clothes — «PLAYN KLOHZ, KLOHTHZ», adjective. not in uniform when on duty. plain clothes, the ordinary dress of civil life; nonofficial dress …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain clothes — plain clothes, adj. clothing other than one s uniform, esp. civilian clothes worn on duty by a police officer. Also, plainclothes. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • plain clothes — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ ordinary clothes rather than uniform, especially when worn by police officers …   English terms dictionary

  • plain clothes — ordinary dress (as opposed to military uniform), 1822; of police detectives, it is attested from 1842. Also plainclothes …   Etymology dictionary

  • plain clothes — noun ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc. • Syn: ↑civilian clothing, ↑civilian dress, ↑civilian garb • Hypernyms: ↑clothing, ↑article of clothing, ↑vesture, ↑wear, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain clothes — n. in plain clothes (the police officer was in plain clothes) * * * [ˌpleɪn kləʊ(ð)z] in plain clothes (the police officer was in plain clothes) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • plain-clothes — also plainclothes ADJ: ADJ n Plain clothes police officers wear ordinary clothes instead of a police uniform. in plain clothes → see plain He was arrested by plain clothes detectives as he walked through the customs hall. Ant: uniformed …   English dictionary

  • plain-clothes — adjective plain clothes police are police who wear ordinary clothes so that they can work without being recognised: plain clothes detectives …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • plain-clothes — UK / US noun [plural] ordinary clothes that police wear instead of a uniform in order to do their job without being recognized Derived word: plain clothes UK / US adjective a plain clothes detective …   English dictionary

  • plain·clothes — /ˈpleınˈkloʊz/ adj, always used before a noun : dressed in ordinary clothes and not a uniform while on duty a plainclothes police officer see also plain clothes at ↑plain, 1 …   Useful english dictionary


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