- (slang) A detective.
- 1909, W.W. Jacobs, Self-Help "You're a marvel, that's wot you are," ses the 'tec, shaking his 'ead. "Have one with me."
- 1963, Barbara Euphan Todd, Jill Crockford, Detective Worzel Gummidge A collection of battered churns, looking like the jars for Ali-Baba's thieves, stood at one end of the room. A 'tec could hide in one of those, thought Robin.