Lönnborg, who works as a lawyer in London, has on several occasions posed as Elin, acting as a decoy to throw off the paparazzi.
They said when I could decoy wild-fowl, I might set a trap for the Redfurns.
And Lollie has been the decoy duck that has been in every hunt we've had.
The impudence of the authorities, to decoy an unsuspecting workingman across the State line, and then arrest him as my accomplice!
I asked, horrified that she was becoming the decoy of that circle of super-crooks.
Not one of the decoy pieces was found upon him, or any other coins, for that matter; he had no money.
These peace proposals, which look so well on paper, are a decoy.
They had a decoy, one of the oddest of its kind the boys had ever seen.
Would Huldah persuade him that the message was only a decoy?
For us we put up at the "Temple of Segeste," attracted rather by its name than by any promise or decoy it offers.
1610s, perhaps from Dutch kooi "cage," used of a pond surrounded by nets, into which wildfowl were lured for capture, from West Germanic *kaiwa, from Latin cavea "cage." The first element is possibly the Dutch definite article de, mistaken in English as part of the word. But decoy, of unknown origin, was the name of a card game popular c.1550-1650, and this may have influenced the form of the word.
1650s, from decoy (n.). Related: Decoyed; decoying.