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Pinkerton (plural Pinkertons)

  1. A Scottish and Northern Irish habitational surname for someone from a place of that name near Dunbar.


Pinkerton (plural Pinkertons)

  1. (dated, countable) An operative employed by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency founded by Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884).
    • 1950, "Kiss the Donkey," Time, 4 Sep.,
      He joined the pickets in the bloody Homestead steel strike of 1892, and actually went so far as to jostle a Pinkerton.

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