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lay figure


lay figure

noun

Definition of LAY FIGURE

one that is or can be used to further the purposes of another <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>

February 26, 2015
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Tending to find fault and raise objections
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