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English definition of “decoy”

decoy

noun [C]     /ˈdiː.kɔɪ/
something or someone used to trick or confuse other people or animals into doing something, especially something dangerous : They used a girl hitch-hiker as the decoy to get him to stop .Faking and pretending decoy     /dɪˈkɔɪ/ verb [T]
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