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Definition of decoy:

  1. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
  2. 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.
  3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
  4. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
  5. 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.

Synonyms:

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.

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