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decoy

de·coy

decoy

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: di koI
definition: something or someone used to lure, entice, or misdirect, as into danger or a trap, esp. an artificial bird or animal used to lure live birds or animals within gunshot or into a trap.
The criminals used one car as a decoy and another as the real getaway car.
 
synonyms:
bait, enticement, lure, snare, trap
similar words:
attraction, stool pigeon
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: dih koI
inflections: decoyed, decoying, decoys
definition: to lure, entice, or misdirect, as into danger or a trap, with or as if with a decoy.
synonyms:
bait, ensnare, entice, entrap, lure, snare, trap
similar words:
allure, seduce, tempt
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: dih koI
definition: to be lured, enticed, or misdirected by a decoy.
derivation: decoyer (n.)
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