[ noun ] (writing) a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle
Used in print(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)
Sherlock_Holmes , the ancestor of all private_eyes , was born during the 1890 s .
With the advent of Sir_Arthur_Conan_Doyle 's Sherlock_Holmes , the development of the modern private_detective begins .
Sherlock_Holmes is not merely an individualist ; he is very close to being a mental_case .
The first series of Sherlock_Holmes adventures ends with Holmes and Moriarty grappling together on the edge of a cliff .
Their dedication to the status_quo has been affirmed at the expense of the fascinating but dangerous individualism of a Sherlock_Holmes .