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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Dutch
Origin: de cooi 'the cage' (= structure of bars for keeping animals in)

decoy

noun
     
Related topics: Other Sports
de‧coy [countable]
1 someone or something that is used to trick someone into going somewhere or doing something, so that you can catch them, attack them etc:
Officer Langley acted as a decoy to catch the rapist.
2DSO a model of a bird used to attract wild birds so that you can watch them or shoot them
decoy verb [transitive]

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