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stool pigeon Line breaks: stool pi¦geon

Definition of stool pigeon in English:


1A police informer.
Example sentences
  • The song is about the ‘victim of someone's evil plan’ who gets turned in by a stool pigeon.
  • Willis is on the run, a stool pigeon in flight from Chicago; Perry is in heavy debt, and his calculating, blackmailing wife forces him to squeal to Bruce's vengeful bosses about where the contract killer now lives, for a finder's fee.
  • He was a Jew who began his career as a satirist of the Nazis and ended up as their stool pigeon.
2A person acting as a decoy.


Late 19th century: so named from the original use of a pigeon fixed to a stool as a decoy.

Words that rhyme with stool pigeon

wood pigeon • origin
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