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The ducks were attracted by our decoys.
  someone or something used for trickery — especially to lure
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decoy decoys decoyed decoying
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  • The ducks were attracted by our decoys.
  • Wooden tanks were used as decoys.
  • The plane can release chaff or flares as a decoy.
  • On a shelf opposite the windows lay a random assortment of books that she guessed had been left behind by other visitors, some hunting decoys—ducks—and a stuffed squirrel.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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  • Your daughter is a decoy?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • In time, the tow rope to the boat captured her attention like a hypnotic decoy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I had assumed that it was empty, that it went up in the air as a decoy.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Those are decoys!
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Dad continued talking in this manner throughout dinner, pounding home his theme to Erik—that Erik had contributed big-time to the victory, that Erik had actually made victory possible by being the decoy.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • The director said there would be three decoys.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • A decoy of sorts.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • A philanthropist and friend of labor bishop—a Civic Federation decoy duck for the chloroforming of the wage-working-man!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • How could they have decoyed him down there?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • But Ender began to see how well the buggers used seemingly random flight paths to create confusion, how they used decoys and false retreats to draw the I.F. ships into traps.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The old gentleman could not be decoyed outside of his grounds at night.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Just Black was laid out as the decoy, and I was going to be the fool.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Probably a decoy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The breath at the door again, the sound of a light footfall headed toward my decoy.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I looked over the paper, for I really did not know what he meant, but he took it from me and pointed out a paragraph about children being decoyed away at Hampstead.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • While Redd’s forces were occupied with the decoys, Alyss and her companions made it to the outskirts of the Chessboard Desert.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The pair of mud hens floated like wooden decoys, and the water-skiers looked tanned and athletic, and the high school band was packing up its instruments, and the woman in pedal pushers patiently rebaited her hook for one last try.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • She’s the decoy for the pack.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Out there, often in uncharted desert wasteland near the water, we’d see rocket launchers in the distance and drive right onto them, only to find they were just decoys, huge fake missile containers pointing at the sky, made out of scrap metal and old iron bars.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It seems to be a provision of Nature; a decoy to secure mothers for the race.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The perfect decoy—that was Dana.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • But she’ll keep him alive as long as he’s the only one she’s got, because she’ll want to use him as a decoy; as bait to catch the rest of you with.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • —and the old one de Tournay—were they the two fugitives who, unconsciously, were used as a decoy, to entrap their fearless and noble rescuer.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The anguish he had exhibited on the moor subsided as soon as ever he entered Wuthering Heights; so I guessed he had been menaced with an awful visitation of wrath if he failed in decoying us there; and, that accomplished, he had no further immediate fears.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • You will play decoy whilst I beg.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • They want to decoy me there and confound me over everything," he mused, as he went out on to the stairs—"the worst of it is I’m almost light-headed….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And that thou mayest clearly see this, say, Anselmo, hast thou not told me that I must force my suit upon a modest woman, decoy one that is virtuous, make overtures to one that is pure-minded, pay court to one that is prudent?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • My opinion was, that nothing could be done till night, when I might use some artifice to get them all out of the boat; but of a sudden they started up, and made to the sea-side; hereupon I ordered Friday and the Captain’s mate to go over the creek, and halloo as loud as they could, and so decoying them into the woods, come round to me again.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He said he had travelled through the Northern States and Canada; and though the abolitionists had tried to decoy him away, they had never succeeded.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Francie put two walnuts for decoys in her last year’s Easter basket and the children set out.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • So he palmed you off on the Lightwoods and hoped you might be of some use to him later, as a decoy.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • An enormous eagle-owl who was sometimes used as a decoy, but who was at present standing on a perch in the shade of the cloister, opened his eyes when the bells rang.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Oh, you decoy, you wooden-headed decoy, you let ’em!
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Great chasing, fluttering and cackling ensued; but with no success whatever, until my wife recalled her panting sons, and, scattering some handfuls of grain within the open tent, soon decoyed the fowls and pigeons into the enclosure; where, when the curtain was dropped, they were easily caught, tied together, and placed on the cow.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • After a few miles Randy told Malachai to look for signs of the place where Dan Gunn had been decoyed and beaten.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • A third, decoyed into hitting a flare, exploded harmlessly.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • In a town, he thought every second person a decoy, and every third house a place in which seamen would be drugged and murdered.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Sometimes Miro acted as a decoy in the makeshift marketplaces, while Ariel’s swift hands grabbed and clutched whatever was at hand.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • See here: On Wednesday evening, Simpson decoys away the cook.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He’s the decoy and knows nothing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The cello is inside, and the hard case is a decoy.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Marie St. Jacques was expendable, a baited decoy that would die in the trap that caught Cain.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The very agitation and abruptness of Henchard increased Farfrae’s suspicion that this was a ruse to decoy him on to the next wood, where might be effectually compassed what, from policy or want of nerve, Henchard had failed to do earlier in the day.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • During the races he sent Howard over to his box at the main Santa Anita track as a decoy while he led Seabiscuit over to the training track nearby.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • ’Do you mean to tell me that your pretty niece was not brought here as a decoy for the drunken boy downstairs?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She would have to fight the ghosts massed at crossroads for the buns a few thoughtful citizens leave to decoy her away from village and home so that the ancestral spirits could feast unharassed.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
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