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English definition of “cipher”

cipher

noun [C] (PERSON)    /ˈsaɪ.fər/ US  /-fɚ/ formal disapproving
a person or group of people without power, but used by others for their own purposes, or someone who is not important: The interim government is a mere cipher for military rule.People of little importance
(Definition of cipher noun (PERSON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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