Definition of decoy:
- A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
- 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.
- A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
- Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
- 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.
seduce, drifter, enticement, entice, dragnet, attract, bait, helmsman, win, barb, manipulation, fishing line, bribery, inveigle, tempt, steersman, hush money, hook, psychological warfare, bribe, drift net, special pleading, draw, come-on, coax, fishing rod, creel, captivate, sop, sweetener, allure, blackmail, lure, cockpit, steerer, lever, cajole.
- "The House by the Lock", C. N. Williamson.
- "The Later Cave-Men", Katharine Elizabeth Dopp.
As the queen had engaged- according to the public treaty or decoy- to furnish four thousand infantry to the league, the States now agreed to raise and pay for another four thousand to be maintained in the king's service at a cost of four hundred and fifty thousand florins annually, to be paid by the month.- "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.