shill

[ shil ]
/ ʃɪl /
Slang.
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noun

a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
a person who publicizes or praises something or someone for reasons of self-interest, personal profit, or friendship or loyalty.

verb (used without object)

to work as a shill: He shills for a large casino.

verb (used with object)

to advertise or promote (a product) as or in the manner of a huckster; hustle: He was hired to shill a new TV show.

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Origin of shill

First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for shill

shill
/ (ʃɪl) /

noun

slang a confidence trickster's assistant, esp a person who poses as an ordinary customer, gambler, etc, in order to entice others to participate

Word Origin for shill

C20: perhaps shortened from shillaber a circus barker, of unknown origin
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