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1. A police officer.
2. A private investigator.
[Perhaps from the common Irish name Séamus, James (from the many Irish Americans who traditionally served on American police forces ), or from shammes (the duties of a detective being likened to those of a shamash ).]
n, pl -muses
slang US a police or private detective
[probably from shammes, influenced by Irish Séamas James]
sha•mus(ˈʃɑ məs, ˈʃeɪ-)
n., pl. -mus•es. Slang.
1. a private detective.
2. a police officer.
[1925–30; of obscure orig.]
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|Noun||1.||shamus - someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information|
detective - an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
hotel detective, house detective, house dick - a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agent - a private detective
store detective - a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage