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Meaning of “puppet” in the English Dictionary

"puppet" in British English

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puppetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpʌp.ɪt/
a ​toy in the ​shape of a ​person or ​animal that you can ​move with ​strings or by putting ​yourhand inside: We took the ​children to a puppet show/​theatre. disapproving a ​person or ​group whose ​actions are ​controlled by someone ​else: Westernpowers have been ​accused of ​trying to ​establish a puppet government/​regime in the ​dividedcountry.
(Definition of puppet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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puppetnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpʌp·ɪt/
a ​type of ​toy that ​looks like a ​person or ​animal and is moved by a ​person using ​strings or putting a ​hand inside it disapproving A puppet is also a ​person or ​group whose ​actions are ​controlled by someone ​else: The ​mayor is a puppet who does what ​businessleaderstell him to.
(Definition of puppet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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