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informant

noun accuser, adviser, announcer, appriser, auctor, communicant, communicator, dispatcher, divulger, enlightener, envoy, harbinger, information giver, informer, intelligencer, narrator, notifier, proclaimer, relator, reporter, source, spy, stool piieon, talebearer, tipper, tipster, witness
Associated concepts: paid informant, reliable informants, unnercover informant
See also: bystander, deponent, eyewitness, indicator, informer, source, spy, witness
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Tess had not at this hour the curiosity to ask why the present Mr Clare was not made a parson like his brethren, and gradually fell asleep again, the words of her informant coming to her along with the smell of the cheeses in the adjoining cheeseloft, and the measured dripping of the whey from the wrings downstairs.
answered Winterbourne; and having assured himself that his informant had seen Daisy and her companion but five minutes before, he jumped into a cab and went to call on Mrs.
On hearing of his uncle's death he suddenly grew as white as a sheet, and turned towards his informant.
When with due circumspection Napoleon was informed that Moscow was empty, he looked angrily at his informant, turned away, and silently continued to walk to and fro.
He asked his informant, the butler, whether the doctor had been sent for.
For long I had known that Mary contemplated the writing of a book, my informant being David, who, because I have published a little volume on Military tactics, and am preparing a larger one on the same subject (which I shall never finish), likes to watch my methods of composition, how I dip, and so on, his desire being to help her.
It was Lieutenant Obergatz he still sought, though vainly, for at last he learned that the man had been sent upon some special mission, whether in Africa or back to Europe Tarzan's informant either did not know or would not divulge.
Our informant in this awkward matter was employed at the office of the lawyers who were to have the conducting of the case against us; and he was able to tell me some of the things I most wanted to know in relation to the picture.
A third is the hidden informant of a powerful journalist.
By this lodger he was referred to another, and by him to someone else, from whom he learnt, that, late on the previous night, he had gone out hastily with two men, who had shortly afterwards returned for the old woman who lived on the same floor; and that, although the circumstance had attracted the attention of the informant, he had not spoken to them at the time, nor made any inquiry afterwards.
Nutting had a famous foxhound named Burgoyne -- he pronounced it Bugine -- which my informant used to borrow.
His last edifying words, according to my informant, were these: `And there goes the damned old donkey with the end of his sword knocked off.

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