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Ordinary clothes rather than uniform, especially when worn by police officers:[as modifier] ‘plain-clothes detectives’
- ‘They were a ragtag bunch, dressed in all variety of military uniforms, some in plain clothes.’
- ‘The men are in plain clothes and wear light raincoats or light overcoats over their uniforms.’
- ‘We wore plain clothes rather than uniform and slept in them, including our shoes, for weeks on end.’
- ‘When it became clear that Stockwell tube was his possible destination, a team of armed police officers in plain clothes were alerted.’
- ‘The tactic of having the police in plain clothes near campuses has also paid dividends in catching eve-teasers.’
- ‘An off duty police officer, who was in plain clothes, and arrived on the scene at the same time as him, asked him to hold on to the man while he found out what was going on.’
- ‘There are at least a dozen of them, dressed in plain clothes, I was told, to avoid, alarming visitors.’
- ‘The policeman was in plain clothes and chewing gum.’
- ‘After two years as a probationer he was seconded to the Vice Squad to work under cover in plain clothes, but two years was as much as he could take.’
- ‘Some of that misunderstanding may have arisen innocently, if for example a witness saw a man leaping the barrier without realising that he was in fact a police officer in plain clothes.’
- ‘Undercover inspectors in plain clothes ride around the Metrolink routes and challenge passengers to prove they have a ticket.’
- ‘Two were in police uniforms while the others wore plain clothes and they ran towards the women from the steps of the Underground station.’
- ‘They must patrol in plain clothes to arrest those anti-social elements who indulge in eve-teasing.’
- ‘The state police officers, armed and in plain clothes, have questioned dozens of voters in their homes.’
- ‘He was arrested some time ago by a constable in plain clothes for using obscene language and dumped at Central Police Station.’
- ‘They would wear plain clothes over their uniforms going to and from work.’
- ‘Councillors have suggested that police consider patrolling the village during the evening in plain clothes and that private CCTV be installed.’
- ‘He was chased by three to five policemen in plain clothes.’
- ‘The strike is continuing and police in plain clothes continue to roam the estate.’
- ‘Officials are dressing in plain clothes and patrolling with a dog to blend in with other pet-walkers in the parks.’
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