Bait and Decoy


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Bait noun – Something used to attract animals to a hook or into a trap.
Usage example: cheese is the traditional bait for trapping mice

Decoy is a synonym for bait in lure topic. In some cases you can use "Decoy" instead the word "Bait" as a noun or a verb, when it comes to topics like trap, enticement, inducement. popular alternative
Nearby Words: baited, baiting, baiter, baity
Synonyms for Bait


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Decoy noun – Something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed.
Bait is a synonym for decoy in lure topic. You can use "Bait" instead the word "Decoy" as a noun or a verb, if it concerns topics such as inducement. popular alternative
Nearby Words: decoyed, decoying
Synonyms for Decoy

How words are described

human human bait human decoy
expensive expensive bait expensive decoy
pure pure bait pure decoy
short short bait short decoy
Other adjectives: perfect, single, obvious, poor, actual, real, political, unexpected, double, literal, unwilling, sacrificial.

Common collocations

enemies bait enemies decoy enemies

Both words in one sentence

  • In Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Damon ends up playing the bait/decoy at least twice, and is vocally unhappy about it both times.
    Source: The Bait
  • Medal of Dishonor Wing Commander Academy: a medal is refused by Blair after Tolwyn uses him as bait in a decoy operation.
  • Series / Maury Schmuck Bait: Maury employs a "sexy decoy", an attractive woman claiming to be another guest, to hit on men suspected of cheating in the green room.
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