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5 definitions found
 for decoy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to
        entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
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     3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in
        order to take or shoot them.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Decoy \De*coy"\ (d[-e]*koi"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decoyed
     (-koid"); 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.
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           Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy.     --Thomson.
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           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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  decoy
      n 1: a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part
           of a plot) [syn: decoy, steerer]
      2: something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so
         they can be trapped or killed [syn: bait, decoy, lure]
      v 1: lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "decoy":
     Dionaea, agent provocateur, allure, allurement, attract,
     attraction, bait, bait the hook, baited trap, birdlime, blandish,
     booby trap, by-bidder, cajole, capper, catch, catch out, charm,
     chicane, chicanery, coax, come-on, come-on man, deadfall,
     deathtrap, deceive, deception, decoy duck, delude, draw, draw in,
     draw on, drawcard, drawing, drawing card, endearment, enmesh,
     ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entice, enticement, entoil, entrap,
     enweb, firetrap, flirt, flirt with, flytrap, gin, give the come-on,
     ground bait, hook, hook in, induce, inducement, inveigle,
     inveiglement, lead on, lime, lure, mesh, mine, mislead, mole trap,
     mousetrap, net, noose, offer bait to, pitfall, plant, rattrap,
     rope in, seduce, seducement, set gun, shill, snare, snarl, sniggle,
     spread the toils, spring gun, stall, stool pigeon, stoolie,
     suck in, tangle, tempt, temptation, toll, trap, trapfall, trick,
     trickery, trip, wile, wind, woo
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DECOY. A pond used for the breeding and maintenance of water-fowl. 11 Mod. 
  74, 130; S. C. 3 Salk. 9; Holt, 14 11 East, 571. 
  
  

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