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agent provocateur

noun [C] uk   /ˌæʒ.ɑ̃ː.prəˌvɒk.əˈtɜːr/  us   /ˌɑːʒ.ɑ̃ː.proʊˌvɑː.kəˈtɝː/ (plural agents provocateurs uk   /ˌæʒ.ɑ̃ː.prəˌvɒk.əˈtɜːr/  us   /ˌɑːʒ.ɑ̃ː.proʊˌvɑː.kəˈtɝː/ )
a person who intentionally encourages people to do something illegal so that they can be caught
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