Dummy


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Dummy

Sham; make-believe; pretended; imitation. Person who serves in place of another, or who serves until the proper person is named or available to take his place (e.g., dummy corporate directors; dummy owners of real estate).

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Coming to school the Henderson boys had come across the new deef and dummy and told the rest; so all the scholars was chuck full of him and couldn't talk about anything else, and was in a sweat to get a sight of him because they hadn't ever seen a deef and dummy in their lives, and it made a powerful excitement.
And suppose he detects the dummy as soon as he sees it, which with his biting screw of an eye is about five hundred times more likely than not," suggests Tony.
Hudson, who beamed upon us both as we entered-- the other, the strange dummy which had played so important a part in the evening's adventures.
I suppose I ought to give the wooden dummy a good start of me," growled Jim.
Next morning, when he looked at his work again, Tip saw he had forgotten to give the dummy a neck, by means of which he might fasten the pumpkinhead to the body.
After Werper had arranged the dummy in his bed, and sneaked out into the darkness of the village beneath the rear wall of his tent, he had gone directly to the hut in which Jane Clayton was held captive.
Once Thomson, when he was dummy, crossed the room and approached them.
This delicate, aristocratic-featured gentleman was a dummy director and a tool of corporations that secretly robbed widows and orphans.
53-54): Perses, it is urged, is clearly a mere dummy, set up to be the target for the poet's exhortations.
Go and tell old Dummy to put the sheets on the bed.
I suppose they were exercis ing and developing their racial sentimentalism by the means of that dummy.
These Barnacles perched upon staircases and hid in passages, waiting their orders to make houses or not to make houses; and they did all their hearing, and ohing, and cheering, and barking, under directions from the heads of the family; and they put dummy motions on the paper in the way of other men's motions; and they stalled disagreeable subjects off until late in the night and late in the session, and then with virtuous patriotism cried out that it was too late; and they went down into the country, whenever they were sent, and swore that Lord Decimus had revived trade from a swoon, and commerce from a fit, and had doubled the harvest of corn, quadrupled the harvest of hay, and prevented no end of gold from flying out of the Bank.