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gumshoe

[ guhm-shoo ]
/ ˈgʌmˌʃu /
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noun
Slang. a detective.
a shoe made of gum elastic or India rubber; rubber overshoe.
verb (used without object), gum·shoed, gum·shoe·ing.
Slang.
  1. to work as a detective.
  2. to go softly, as if wearing rubber shoes; move or act snoopily or stealthily.
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Origin of gumshoe

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; gum1 + shoe
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British Dictionary definitions for gumshoe

gumshoe
/ (ˈɡʌmˌʃuː) /

noun
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
verb -shoes, -shoeing or -shoed
(intr) US and Canadian slang to act stealthily
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