Decoying
Decoy De*coy" (d[-e]*koi"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decoyed} (-koid"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Decoying}.] [Pref. de- + coy; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See {Coy}.] To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net. [1913 Webster]

Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy. --Goldsmith.

Syn: To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See {Allure}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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