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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of lay figure

obsolete English layman lay figure, from Dutch leeman

lay figure Synonyms

Synonyms
cat's-paw, instrument, 1pawn, puppet, tool
Related Words
chump, dupe, foil, gull, sucker, victim; minion, stooge; lap dog, yes-man

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