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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
gumshoe (GUM-shoo) noun
1. A detective.
2. A rubber overshoe.
[The word is an allusion to the quiet snooping that a detective is supposed to do. Wearing rubber shoes, one can move around without making much noise.]
The word is an example of the figure of speech called metonymy in which a part is used for the whole or vice versa. Another example is the use of the word crown to refer to a king.
"So far, the entertainment industry's approach to peer-to-peer file
sharing has been to hire gumshoes to bang on teenagers' doors at
midnight and haul them off to court -- an act akin to trying to beat
back a tsunami with a tennis racquet."
For God's sake don't say yes until I've finished talking. -Darryl F. Zanuck, movie producer, director, and actor (1902-1979)