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Definition of decoy
1a bird or mammal, or an imitation of one, used by hunters to attract other birds or mammals: [as modifier]:a decoy duck a person or thing used to mislead or lure an animal or person into a trap.
2a pond from which narrow netted channels lead, into which wild ducks may be enticed for capture.
verb [with object]
lure or entice (a person or animal) away from an intended course, typically into a trap:they would try to decoy the enemy toward the hidden group