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puppet

[ puhp-it ]
/ ˈpʌp ɪt /
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noun

an artificial figure representing a human being or an animal, manipulated by the hand, rods, wires, etc., as on a miniature stage.Compare hand puppet, marionette.
a person, group, government, etc., whose actions are prompted and controlled by another or others.
a small doll.
Machinery. poppethead.

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Origin of puppet

1350–1400; earlier poppet,Middle English popet, apparently alteration of Middle Low German poppe doll <Late Latin puppa,Latin pūpa doll; see -et
pup·pet·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for puppet

puppet
/ (ˈpʌpɪt) /

noun

  1. a small doll or figure of a person or animal moved by strings attached to its limbs or by the hand inserted in its cloth body
  2. (as modifier)a puppet theatre
  1. a person, group, state, etc, that appears independent but is in fact controlled by another
  2. (as modifier)a puppet government
C16 popet, perhaps from Old French poupette little doll, ultimately from Latin pūpa girl, doll
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