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Definition someone or something used for trickery — especially to lure
  • The ducks were attracted by our decoys.
  • Wooden tanks were used as decoys.
  • The plane can release chaff or flares as a decoy.
  • The perfect decoy—that was Dana.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • A philanthropist and friend of labor bishop—a Civic Federation decoy duck for the chloroforming of the wage-working-man!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It seems to be a provision of Nature; a decoy to secure mothers for the race.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The old gentleman could not be decoyed outside of his grounds at night.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • In actuality, the armored car is a decoy—for security measures, Oswald will be led to a police car instead.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • —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
  • Just like duck decoys in front of a hunter's blind.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • 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
  • For my decoy project, I wanted to job-shadow a social worker, which the Senior Boards committee approved.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • 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
  • I had assumed that it was empty, that it went up in the air as a decoy.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • "That man up there is a decoy," replied Jason, his soft voice suspended in a cold monotone.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He's the decoy and knows nothing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The breath at the door again, the sound of a light footfall headed toward my decoy.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host

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