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person of interest

Meaning: a criminal suspect

For example:

  • The murder victim's boyfriend is a person of interest, according to police sources.

  • A Catholic priest has been described as a "person of interest" in relation to the boy's disappearance.

Quick Quiz:

A "person of interest" is someone suspected of

a. solving a crime

b. committing a crime

c. being a victim of crime

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Contributor: Matt Errey