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lay figure

noun

Definition of lay figure

  1. 1 :  a jointed model of the human body used by artists to show the disposition of drapery

  2. 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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