decoy

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decoy (plural decoys)

  1. A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
  2. A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game.

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decoy (third-person singular simple present decoys, present participle decoying, simple past and past participle decoyed)

  1. To act or use a decoy.
  2. (transitive) To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap.
    to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net
    • Goldsmith
      E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, / The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.

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