stool pigeon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stool pigeon a dummy pigeon used to decoy others
    • n stool pigeon someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stool pigeon a pigeon used as a decoy to draw others within a net; hence, a person used as a decoy for others.
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Idioms

Stool pigeon - (USA) A stool pigeon is a police informer.
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Usage

In literature:

Harper and Ladue's behind it, and Carmack's the stool-pigeon.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
Get some stool-pigeon to hand her the information.
"Within the Law" by Marvin Dana
Little MacDonald is a stool-pigeon for Hand.
"The Titan" by Theodore Dreiser
A stool-pigeon, he was.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
That would be good medicine for your Emperor and all his stool pigeons.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
All the gun-men and stool-pigeons of Big Business got busy.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
Some of the medium's stool-pigeons were beginning to get their wits together, and were making preparations for putting out the fire.
"The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories" by Nicholas Carter
Of course, in a case of this sort, "stool pigeon" men are useless, for no professional crooks are involved.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Of course, it was possible that Kurt was a stool pigeon, leading him on as a test.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Agnes Wilt uses her as a stool-pigeon.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
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In news:

His big-time heavy, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, is famous and face-lifted for being a no-good dirty-rat stool pigeon.
The Martyr and the Stool Pigeon .
The Martyr and the Stool Pigeon.
Mobile has a cocktail problem, one that the Stool Pigeon would like to see remedied.
When your old friend the Stool Pigeon last went looking for dark corners and cold, frothy friends at the Zebra Club on Dauphin Island Parkway, he was a much younger bird with a few more feathers on top.
Asian film enthusiasts swear by "The Stool Pigeon," a critically acclaimed Hong Kong hit from last year.
Recent news and coverage of Stool Pigeons.
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