Definitions of shamus

n someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

PI, operative, private detective, private eye, private investigator, sherlock
hotel detective, house detective, house dick
a private detective employed by a hotel or retail store
inquiry agent
a private detective
store detective
a private detective employed by a merchant to stop pilferage
Type of:
an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

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