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- n. Plural form of shamus.
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Â Nearly every detective story done in the noir style features a femme fatale coming to a detective in this case Foggy and Matt are both shamuses, spinning her story about how someone is putting her life in jeopardy, in hopes theyâ€™ll put the pressure on the big boss.
They used to pop up a lot in old detective films as cynical wise guys who were kind of second-rate shamuses themselves -- they intimidated with words rather than guns -- and the general feeling was that they were sticking their nose where it didn't belong.