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shill

 (shĭl) Slang
n.
1. One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.
2. One who publicly promotes another's cause, especially in an extravagant or misleading way.
v. shilled, shill·ing, shills
v.intr.
To act as a shill.
v.tr.
1. To act as a shill for (a deceitful enterprise).
2. To lure (a person) into a swindle.

[Perhaps short for shillaber, shill, of unknown origin.]

shill

(ʃɪl)
n
slang a confidence trickster's assistant, esp a person who poses as an ordinary customer, gambler, etc, in order to entice others to participate
[C20: perhaps shortened from shillaber a circus barker, of unknown origin]

shill

(ʃɪl)

n.
1. a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house.
2. a person whose praises, endorsements, etc., are motivated by self-interest.
v.i.
3. to work as a shill: to shill for a large casino.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shill - a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
decoy, steerer - a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
Verb1.shill - act as a shill; "The shill bid for the expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up"
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with
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