Decoy

Decoy

to lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net. Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy. (Thomson) E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy. (Goldsmith)

Synonym: to entice, tempt, allure, lure. See Allure.

Origin: Pref. De- _ coy; orig, to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy.


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