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English definition of “sting”

sting

noun [C] (POLICE ACTIVITY)   /stɪŋ/
an operation in which police officers or others pretend to be criminals so they can catch people committing crimes: Officers set up a sting in which they sold him the jewels, and when he drove off with them they arrested him.
(Definition of sting noun (POLICE ACTIVITY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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