shamuses

shamus

[shah-muhs, shey-]
noun, plural shamuses. Slang.
1.
a detective.
2.
a police officer.

Origin:
1925–30; of obscure origin, though popularly derived from either Yiddish shames shammes or the Irish male given name Séamas

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shamus (ˈʃɑːməs, ˈʃeɪ-)
 
n , pl -muses
slang (US) a police or private detective
 
[probably from shammes, influenced by Irish Séamas James]

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shamus
"police officer, detective," 1925, probably from Yiddish, lit. "sexton of a synagogue," from Heb. shamash "servant;" influenced by Celt. Seamus "James," as a typical name for an Irish cop.
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