from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Pinkerton, Allan 1819-1884. Scottish-born American detective. His agency was notorious for breaking strikes and disrupting labor efforts to unionize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Scottish and Northern Irish habitational surname for someone from a place of that name near Dunbar.
  • n. An operative employed by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency founded by Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884).


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