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decoy (noun) a lure or a bait.
A bird or an animal or a model of it that is used as a bait to attract birds or animals so that they can be caught or shot at, is a decoy. This is the practice of the gamesmen when they go hunting for animals or birds. Hunters use a goat or a sheep to attract the wild animals they want to hunt. The goat or the sheep so used is a decoy. A person used to trick someone into going where you want them to go, or doing what you want them to do, so that they can be caught by the police is also a decoy. Police use decoys to catch criminals sometimes.
- The lifelike model of the goat did attract the leopard but before it could be shot at, the scent turned it away from the decoy of the model of the goat meant to attract it.
- Sam, set as a decoy by the police, showed off the wads of currency, and the habitual pickpocket standing close to him, followed the decoy to knock off the currency, and walked into police trap.