Charlie McCarthy


Charlie Mc·​Car·​thy
|thi also |tē or |tē or -i
plural Charlie McCarthys
: one under the complete domination of another often while enjoying apparent independence : stooge, yes-man, dummy
uses him as a Charlie McCarthy to prove that even a schoolboy can see through the fallacious arithmetic of the oppositionElmer Davis

Word History


after Charlie McCarthy, ventriloquist's dummy made famous by Edgar Bergen born 1903 American ventriloquist & comedian

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“Charlie McCarthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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