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A person who investigates mysteries or shows great perceptiveness.‘it doesn't take a Sherlock to figure out that she's lying to me’
- ‘For example, jokes are remarkably unreliable laugh-getters, especially among North Americans, who were least likely to find jokes funny, according to the humor Sherlocks in Britain.’
- ‘One of the Sherlocks wrote, asking whether his solution was correct, and if he would have gained entry, and I responded.’
Early 20th century: from Sherlock Holmes (see Holmes, Sherlock).
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