shill

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shill act as a shill "The shill bid for the expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up"
    • n shill a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England. The cost of chocolate was about 13 shillings per pound and was a drink that only the elite enjoyed
    • v. t Shill To put under cover; to sheal.
    • v. t Shill To shell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
    • shill A variant of sheal.
    • shill To sound; shrill.
    • shill Shrill.
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Quotations

  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound”
  • Robert Pollok
    Robert Pollok
    “With one hand he put a penny in the urn of poverty, and with the other took a shilling out.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sheal

Usage

In literature:

Now his worldly wealth consisted of four shillings!
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
Think of getting eighteen shillings a week for that!
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
Our noted 50 shilling suit!
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
I have won my wager, so pay me the five shillings, brother.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
The other things I wanted will come to 6 shillings 9 pence.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
It had cost his father twenty-eight shillings a term, or four guineas a year, and no trouble.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Total, 14,864 pounds, 14 shillings, 3 pence.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
We'll bring you the five shillings to-morrow morning.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Two shillings was two shillings, after all.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
I can make eighteen shillings a week, and I can live on half of it.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
The figure generally comes to five shillings, and you afterwards gives what you like to the waiter.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It would be thirty-two shillings; thirty shillings for the loan and two shillings interest.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
Extra 1 shilling 3 pence, 4 shillings, 5 shillings, about 16 pounds, subtotal 866 pounds.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
We requested to be taken over the river, as there is a ferry here, which they did, and it cost us each an English shilling.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
In the five-shilling tier.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
That sorely wanted thirty shillings a week must be given up, there was no question about that.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
That does not leave much change out of five shillings when the day is over, but I don't grudge the money.
"Eliza" by Barry Pain
And now he has robbed me of every cursed shilling!
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
By that time had come in four shillings sixpence, seven shillings sixpence, and ten shillings.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
It is miserably paid at a shilling a day, or in some cases on piece-work terms which hardly work out at a higher figure.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
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In poetry:

Good-bye, my girl unwilling,
I shall not vex you sore,
For I have taken the shilling
And I come home no more.
"The New Recruit" by Katharine Tynan
Mother said that God goes sweeping,
Looking, sweeping with a broom,
All the time that we are sleeping,
For a shilling in the room:
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
"On him may never shadow fall,
When fever racks his throbbing brow,
And his last shilling buy a rope
To hang him on my highest bough!"
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Give all your shillings you might
And hurt your brothers the more;
He only can serve his fellows aright
Who goes in at the little door.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Said Tam McSmith to Jock McBrown,
"Ye gyke, I canna let ye rave on.
See here, I put a shilling down:
My betting's on the Bard of Avon."
"The Argument" by Robert W Service
"Schall y haff yowr forty shillings," seyde Lytel John,
"Or ye, master, schall haffe myne?"
"Yeff they wer a hundred," seyde Roben,
"Y feythe, they ben all theyne."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang

In news:

She is the daughter of James and Patti Shilling , of Reedsville.
Rick Santorum is going after Fox News Channel, accusing it of " shilling for" Mitt Romney's campaign.
Why are Ray Lewis and Friday Night Lights ' Peter Berg shilling for the NFL on player safety.
Bachmann accuses Gingrich of " shilling " for Freddie Mac.
Is porn worse than shilling for developers.
Gary Shilling is president of A.
Uganda Sells ' Sizeable ' Amount of Dollars to Stabilize Shilling.
Political consultant James Carville is shilling for Miracle Whip.
Will Shilling photo Andrew Graham.
Time For Ron Washington to Stop Shilling For Ace Cash Express.
Runway' Recap: Wherein DVF Shills for AmEx.
The Shill Becomes a Journalist.
"Family history work heals and opens hearts" by Aaron Shill.
No Trivia's Friday Five: Kanye West Bares His Soul, Shills for Smart Phone.
(Not) licensed to shill: MCA's will forbids use of Beastie Boys music in ads.
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In science:

In this paper, we consider the case of adding one shill to control the collective behavior with the shill denoted as (x0 , θ0).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
Without any constraint, the shill can fly to anywhere with a ‘deceptive’ heading.
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
The intuition behinds uβ is to put the shill to the position of the ‘worst’ agent s(t) at each time step t and try to ‘pull’ it to the desired direction π .
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
At any time step t, the shill is affecting the agent s(t) with heading θ0 (t).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
For k ≥ 2, however, the shill may not affect the agent s(t), so the worst case where η (k) has the smallest value is that the agent s(t) is surrounded by n − 1 agents with heading θs(t) (t) again, but without the shill in its neighborhood (see Fig.3-(b)).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
The shill will change the heading of agent s(t + 1).
Soft Control on Collective Behavior of a Group of Autonomous Agents by a Shill Agent
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