shamus


shamus

noun, slang

Definition of SHAMUS

1
a member of a force charged with law enforcement at the local level <a hard-bitten L.A. shamus who, when he's not battling crooks, is bedding chicks>
Synonyms bobby [British], bull [slang], constable [chiefly British], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, gendarme, lawman, policeman, police officer, shamus [slang]
Near Antonyms civilian
2
a person not on the police force who investigates criminal or illicit activity or searches for missing persons <he's a sleazy shamus who mostly finds evidence to use in divorce cases>
Related Words shadow, tail, tracer, tracker; fed, Federal, G-man, narc (or nark) [slang], plainclothesman

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