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wooden Indian

a carved wooden statue of a standing American Indian, formerly found before many cigar stores as an advertisement.
(often lowercase) Informal. a person who appears emotionless and unresponsive; a poker face.
Origin of wooden Indian
1875-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A poor old wooden Indian, all battered by the years, was seated on a pile of junk, and shedding briny tears.

  • The wooden Indian in front of the cigar store stepped down off 152 his stand.

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