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sock puppet

Syllabification: sock pup·pet

Definition of sock puppet in English:

noun

1A simple hand puppet made from a sock.
Example sentences
  • When you were a young kid, did you ever play with sock puppets?
  • Making sock puppets is a great hobby to share with your kids and one that helps them disconnect from electronics and other daily distractions.
  • Who can resist making their own finger paintings or sock puppets?
1.1A person whose actions are controlled by another: to this mix of industry sock puppets add a gullible media
More example sentences
  • So, having been caught using sock puppets to circumvent the spending limits, the right has relegalised using sock puppets to circumvent election spending limits.
  • Always funny how the left creates such "capitalist" sock puppets and then blames their failure on the market, when it's inevitably the govt-created or regulated agencies that fail first and hardest.
  • They lie, use sock puppets, and will do literally anything to further their aims.
2A false online identity, typically created by a person or group in order to promote their own opinions or views.
Example sentences
  • Sock puppets are banned in many online venues.
  • A trend on the rise is the use of sock-puppets to reinforce material that has been posted and/or undermine any opposing material that appears under comments from genuine contributors.
  • They're creating armies of software-driven sock-puppets to gang up on bloggers and commenters to swamp negative comment.

Derivatives

sock puppetry

1
noun
Example sentences
  • People and organizations engage in sock puppetry when they think of social media as a one-way channel for broadcasting their message.
  • On top of that, the long, sleek form of a sea otter lends itself very well to sock puppetry.
  • The PR industry must condemn massive, automated sock-puppetry.

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