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sock puppet

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noun
  1. a hand puppet made out of a sock.
  2. a person or group whose actions are controlled by another; a puppet.
    1. Also called sock.a false name or identity assumed by an Internet user, often to communicate favorable or self-serving comments or used to create a mythical rival with whom that user can successfully argue online.
    2. Also called sock, sock account.an online user account created for such purposes.
Also sock·pup·pet [sok-puhp-it] /ˈsɒkˌpʌp ɪt/.

Origin of sock puppet

1959 for def 1; 1990–95 for def 2
Related formssock-pup·pet, verb (used without object), sock-pup·pet·ed, sock-pup·pet·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for sock puppet

sock puppet

noun
  1. a simple puppet made from a sock and worn over one hand
  2. an extra online identity created by a member of a discussion forum, etc, to agree with opinions submitted under his or her usual online name
Derived Formssock puppeteer, nounsock puppetry, noun
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