stool pigeon

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Etymology[edit]

From the act of tying or even nailing a pigeon to a stool to act as a decoy for hunters.

Noun[edit]

stool pigeon (plural stool pigeons)

  1. (slang) A decoy or an informer, especially one who is a spy for the police.

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2005:Brewers Dictionary of phrase and fable. 17th ed. Edited john Ayto.