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lay figure

lay figure

noun

Definition of LAY FIGURE

1
:  a jointed model of the human body used by artists to show the disposition of drapery
2
:  a person so compliant as to be likened to a puppet

Examples of LAY FIGURE

  1. <the novel's characters are not fully fleshed humans, but are simply lay figures strutted out to serve as mouthpieces for conflicting points of view>

Origin of LAY FIGURE

obsolete English layman lay figure, from Dutch leeman
First Known Use: 1795

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