- Trapshooting, Skeet. a disk of baked clay or other material hurled into the air from a trap as a target.
- Slang. a person in a situation likely to be taken advantage of by others.
Origin of clay pigeon
Examples from the Web for clay pigeon
Historical Examples of clay pigeon
Next morning the clay-pigeon match came off, as usual, on the grounds of the Springfield Gun Club.Harvard Stories
Waldron Kintzing Post
The annexed engravings show pictures of clay-pigeon shooting and of the firing of a ten-inch disappearing gun at Sandy Hook.
- a disc of baked clay hurled into the air from a machine as a target to be shot at
- US slang a person in a defenceless position; sitting duck
A person easily duped or taken advantage of, as in You're a clay pigeon for all of those telephone fund-raisers. The term alludes to the clay pigeon of trapshooting, which replaced the use of live birds in this sport in the 1860s. Its transfer to figurative use in the first half of the 1900s probably is explained by the much older slang use of pigeon for “dupe.” Also see fall guy.