patsy

noun
pat·​sy | \ ˈpat-sē How to pronounce patsy (audio) \
plural patsies

Definition of patsy

: a person who is easily manipulated or victimized : pushover

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Examples of patsy in a Sentence

They treated us like a bunch of patsies. an Internet newbie who's the perfect patsy for a cyber scam
Recent Examples on the Web Few were persuaded, and the thread descended into conspiracies, including that Sayoc was a patsy in a Democratic National Committee scheme to discredit conservatives. AZCentral.com, "How a group that began by sharing racist memes, violent fantasies on Facebook became a force in Arizona politics," 1 Oct. 2020 Indeed, what if the whole lurid rap sheet has been an elaborate set-up, with Nero as history’s patsy? Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020 Technology has emerged as something of a patsy for the broader problems of unemployment systems. NBC News, "A 'perfect storm' for chaos: Unemployment system's failures were a long time coming," 23 Apr. 2020 Actor David Oyelowo gets a rare comic lead as the film’s title character, a sweet-natured and naive corporate patsy named Harold Soyinka. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Gringo’ is a twisty dark comedy piled high with great actors," 8 Mar. 2018 In Carthage, that means identifying a local to serve as his straw man (and potential patsy), settling eventually on good old boy Tyler Lee, who bartends at a bikini club, and his good Christian wife Chalene, she of the bake sales and six children. Tod Goldberg, USA TODAY, "Review: Steven Wright's 'The Coyotes of Carthage' is a crackerjack debut political novel," 14 Apr. 2020 The Crimson Tide still has the SEC’s traditional, late-season patsy game waiting, which for Alabama this year is against Western Carolina. oregonlive, "Almost every Pac-12 game is up for grabs, and that is a good thing: Issues & Answers," 30 Sep. 2019 These senators already look like patsies and enablers. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "John Bolton’s Book Is Making Fools of Trump’s Republican Enablers," 29 Jan. 2020 But beating New Mexico and UNLV was padding the record against two league patsies. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: If Broncos QB Brandon Allen keeps winning, will Drew Lock not play this season?," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of patsy

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patsy

perhaps from Italian pazzo fool

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The first known use of patsy was in 1899

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11 Oct 2020

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“Patsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patsy. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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patsy

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of patsy

chiefly US, informal : a foolish person who is easily tricked or cheated

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