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English definition of “dummy”

dummy

noun [C]     /ˈdʌmi/ (plural dummies) MARKETING
a large model of a person, especially one used to show clothes in a store: If you want costumes or makeup to look really good, you can put it on a dummy.
something made to look real, used especially to test people's reaction to it: The display case was filled with test packages and dummies to simulate the presence of food products.
(Definition of dummy noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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