stool pigeon


Definition of stool pigeon

1 : a person acting as a decoy or informer especially : a spy sent into a group to report (as to the police) on its activities
2 : a pigeon used as a decoy to draw others within a net

Examples of stool pigeon in a Sentence

the FBI finally got a break when one of the mob boss's top henchmen turned stool pigeon
Recent Examples on the Web They are barred from using certain language during debates including git, guttersnipe, swine and stool pigeon. Max Colchester, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of stool pigeon

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stool pigeon

probably from the early practice of fastening the decoy bird to a stool

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“Stool pigeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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