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This week's theme: words related to shoes.
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.
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"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." Staunching a Tide of Piracy; Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); May 18, 2006.
For God's sake don't say yes until I've finished talking. -Darryl F. Zanuck, movie producer, director, and actor (1902-1979)
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