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decoy


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decoy  \De*coy"\  (d[-e]*koi"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Decoyed};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Decoying}.]  [Pref.  de-  +  coy;  orig.,  to  quiet, 
  soothe,  caress,  entice.  See  {Coy}.] 
  To  lead  into  danger  by  artifice;  to  lure  into  a  net  or  snare; 
  to  entrap;  to  insnare;  to  allure;  to  entice;  as  to  decoy 
  troops  into  an  ambush;  to  decoy  ducks  into  a  net. 
 
  Did  to  a  lonely  cot  his  steps  decoy.  --Thomson. 
 
  E'en  while  fashion's  brightest  arts  decoy,  The  heart, 
  distrusting,  asks  if  this  be  joy.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  Syn:  To  entice;  tempt;  allure;  lure.  See  {Allure}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decoy  \De*coy"\,  n. 
  1.  Anything  intended  to  lead  into  a  snare;  a  lure  that 
  deceives  and  misleads  into  danger,  or  into  the  power  of  an 
  enemy;  a  bait. 
 
  2.  A  fowl,  or  the  likeness  of  one  used  by  sportsmen  to 
  entice  other  fowl  into  a  net  or  within  shot. 
 
  3.  A  place  into  which  wild  fowl,  esp.  ducks,  are  enticed  in 
  order  to  take  or  shoot  them 
 
  4.  A  person  employed  by  officers  of  justice,  or  parties 
  exposed  to  injury,  to  induce  a  suspected  person  to  commit 
  an  offense  under  circumstances  that  will  lead  to  his 
  detection. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decoy 
  n  :  something  used  to  lure  victim  into  danger  [syn:  {bait},  {lure}] 
  v  :  lure  or  entrap  with  or  as  if  with  a  decoy 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Decoy,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  41321 




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