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shamus

[ shah-muhs, shey- ]
/ ˈʃɑ məs, ˈʃeɪ- /
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noun, plural sha·mus·es.Slang.

a detective.
a police officer.

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Origin of shamus

1925–30; of obscure origin, though popularly derived from either Yiddish shamesshammes or the Irish male given name Séamas
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British Dictionary definitions for shamus

shamus
/ (ˈʃɑːməs, ˈʃeɪ-) /

noun plural -muses

US slang a police or private detective

Word Origin for shamus

probably from shammes, influenced by Irish Séamas James
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