detect in

detect (something) in (something)

To notice the hint of something in someone or something. Do I detect sarcasm in that statement, Jane?
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detect something in something

to recognize or identify something in something. Can you detect the anger in her voice? I detect a bit of sarcasm in your comments.
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References in classic literature ?
Still, I thought I could detect in his physiognomy a mind owning better qualities than his father ever possessed.
She fancied she could detect in her friend's eyes a brightness which was neither that of health nor of pleasure.