gumshoe

noun
gum·​shoe | \ˈgəm-ˌshü \

Definition of gumshoe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

gumshoe

verb
gumshoed; gumshoeing

Definition of gumshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in detective work

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Examples of gumshoe in a Sentence

Noun

the suspicious wife paid a gumshoe to follow her husband

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Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 But behind this legal machine are often bizarre court cases full of petty criminals, old-fashioned gumshoe detectives, and... robots who want civil rights. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Bay Area: Join us 6/13 to discuss the past, present, and future of tech law," 11 June 2018 Doug Smith Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "Encampments take root in South L.A. Here's why clearing them out is so difficult," 10 June 2018 After four years of ceaseless digging, Mr. Berryman and his equally hard-charging FBI gumshoes were able to bring down those crooked soccer czars—or at least two dozen of them. David Hirshey, WSJ, "World Cup Books Reviewed: The World Without America," 7 June 2018 But any gumshoe worth her salt knows that a closer look reveals that there is more to the story. Husna Haq, The Christian Science Monitor, "It’s no mystery how ‘Strike’ novels scored a TV version," 1 June 2018 Propulsive and naturalistic without ever being exploitative, Qu's second feature sticks close to the emotional weather patterns of her story's troubled, escape-seeking girls, like a gumshoe whose nose is for complexities, not answers. Robert Abele, latimes.com, "Crime noirish 'Angels Wear White' takes on the plight of women and girls in China," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of gumshoe

Noun

1913, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1930, in the meaning defined above

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gumshoe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gumshoe

: a person whose job is to find information about someone or something : a private detective

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