North American • informal
- 1An accomplice of a confidence trickster or swindler who poses as a genuine customer to entice or encourage others: I used to be a shill in a Reno gambling club • figurative the agency is a shill for the nuclear power industryMore example sentences
- The carnival shill plays on the behavior of prospective customers in this way.
- Sophisticated news consumers know that Clarke is a fraud and a shill for the campaign.
- So I suppose this makes me a member of the international neocon conspiracy as well as an evil shill for the oil industry.
- 1.1A person who pretends to give an impartial endorsement of something in which they themselves have an interest: a megamillionaire who makes more money as a shill for corporate products than he does for playing basketballMore example sentences
- I should point out that I am not a movie industry shill, nor do I have any hidden adgenda.
- I think it's pretty easy to be worried/outraged/upset by this Act without being a criminal if you have a little knowledge and imagination - or aren't an industry shill.
- They regarded him as a corporate shill and deal-making party hack.
verb[no object] Back to top
- Act or work as a shill: your husband in the crowd could shill for youMore example sentences
- He shilled for the shipping magnate in his bid to lead the Liberals.
- But Tom is as stalwart as the administration for which he shilled so continuously, before taking his book-writing sabbatical.
- Worse, he suggests, they shilled for Wall Street, conflating the interests of the big banks with the financial health of the world.
early 20th century: probably from earlier shillaber, of unknown origin.
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