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decoy

Hunting
1. a bird or animal, or an image of one, used to lure game into a trap or within shooting range
2. an enclosed space or large trap, often with a wide funnelled entrance, into which game can be lured for capture

decoy

[′dē‚kȯi]
(ordnance)
An object with reflective characteristics of a target, used in radar deception.
Underwater device which reflects acoustic radiation, used by submarines in the deception of acoustic listening devices and acoustic homing torpedoes.

decoy

An object or action, such as a dummy installation, a flying aircraft, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or a raid, used to attract attention and draw enemy action away from the real target or military operation.
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Do you mean to tell me that your pretty niece was not brought here as a decoy for the drunken boy downstairs?
We now went directly to the gaming-table, where Mr Watson, to my surprize, pulled out a large sum of money and placed it before him, as did many others; all of them, no doubt, considering their own heaps as so many decoy birds, which were to intice and draw over the heaps of their neighbours.
In a town, he thought every second person a decoy, and every third house a place in which seamen would be drugged and murdered.
Now, Mrs Varden, regarding the Maypole as a sort of human mantrap, or decoy for husbands; viewing its proprietor, and all who aided and abetted him, in the light of so many poachers among Christian men; and believing, moreover, that the publicans coupled with sinners in Holy Writ were veritable licensed victuallers; was far from being favourably disposed towards her visitor.
I must get Merdle's doctor to catch and secure him, I suppose,' said Ferdinand; 'and then I must lay hold of my illustrious kinsman, and decoy him if I can--drag him if I can't--to the conference.
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 .
Men who had lounged about all night in smock-frocks and leather leggings, came out in silken vests and hats and plumes, as jugglers or mountebanks; or in gorgeous liveries as soft-spoken servants at gambling booths; or in sturdy yeoman dress as decoys at unlawful games.
Caption: In addition to the latest generation family of decoys supplied to the Israeli Navy (including both IR and RF programmable munitions), Rafael is promoting its Integrated Decoy System (IDS), which features three lines of defence with real-time optimised decoy deployment, a fixed or trainable launching system, and a computerised decoy controller.
Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has successfully carried out multiple end-to-end tests of its BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) technology.
For nearly as long as man has hunted ducks for food, even in ancient times, the decoy has been one of the tools used.
The Pocket Hen Decoy compresses to fit in a cargo pocket, and features realistic printed fabric that is durable and matches the sheen of real feathers.
Decoy hunting is a prime example of a tactic that is often better left in the bag, but given the right set of conditions and proper implementation, it could be the factor that determines the difference between munching on a buck tag sandwich and putting your biggest buck ever down for the ultimate nap.