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shamus (plural shamuses)

  1. A private detective.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter IV:
      “That's what you're here for. Didn't your aunt tell you? She wants you to follow Wilbert Cream and Phyllis about everywhere and see that he doesn't get a chance of proposing.”
      “You mean that I'm to be a sort of private eye or shamus, tailing them up? I don't like it,” I said dubiously.
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