- to work as a detective.
- to go softly, as if wearing rubber shoes; move or act snoopily or stealthily.
Origin of gumshoe
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Examples from the Web for gumshoe
Montalbán endowed his Catalan gumshoe with an equally impressive set of quirks that are aired and explored in each book.The Foodie Detective: The Pepe Carvalho Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
October 3, 2012
In some ways, The Hypnotist hews closer to the American gumshoe tradition.It’s Not Easy Being Swede
June 17, 2011
The book on which I was doing all the gumshoe reporting, Godtalk, is now a time capsule.My Meetings With the Man Behind the Mosque
August 19, 2010
Mr. Pepper don't like the idea, though, of doin' the gumshoe sneak.Torchy
And consider the appropriateness of the figures of speech, as Gumshoe would say.
One for the Gumshoe, said Tony blithely, as they turned onto the campus.
But theres nothing I can do; Im in with Gumshoe worse than ever.
To heck with the Gumshoe; bounds are off for the afternoon anyway.
- a waterproof overshoe
- US and Canadian a rubber-soled shoe
- US and Canadian slang a detective or one who moves about stealthily
- US and Canadian slang a stealthy action or movement
- (intr) US and Canadian slang to act stealthily
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Word Origin and History for gumshoe
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