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- n. Plural form of shamateur.
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Others who began as amateurs couldn't afford to remain so and exploited the system as "shamateurs", taking secret match fees without renouncing their amateur status.
Before the mid 1920s there was no need for a seperate competition for football, since there were the Olympics, and between countries that had "shamateurs" to field and countries with only amateurs there weren't any substantial problems.
(mainly to avoid scaldals if the winning team included "shamateurs").
Gore Vidal remains, after all, a proclaimed classicist, a writing professional and a patrician who suffers fools and shamateurs less gladly then ever ... and it is impossible when reading Myra Breckinridge not to sense his impatience that the headlong flight into apparent sexual libertarianism has produced a nightmare of idiotic thinking and cant and even that, as an anthropological phenomenon, sex has become wildly overrated ...
Henry Grey was the shamateur to end all shamateurs.