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decoy

noun [C] uk   /ˈdiː.kɔɪ/ us  
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.
decoy
verb [T] uk   /dɪˈkɔɪ/ us  
Translations of “decoy”
in Spanish cebo, señuelo…
in French piège…
in German der Köder…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誘餌,圈套, 用作誘餌的人…
in Russian приманка…
in Turkish tuzak, yem…
in Chinese (Simplified) 诱饵,圈套, 用作诱饵的人…
in Polish przynęta, wabik…
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