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

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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

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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The first known use of stool pigeon was in 1826

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English Language Learners Definition of stool pigeon

: a criminal who gives the police information about other criminals

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