shill

[ US /ˈʃɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈɪl/ ]
NOUN
  1. a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
VERB
  1. act as a shill
    This man shilled and bid for an expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up
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How To Use shill In A Sentence

  • The war-time legacy of the five-shilling legal maximum on restaurant bills was an open cheque for profiteers to pose as restaurateurs.
  • One sheriff admitted handing out 6000 certificates, for which he was either paid a shilling or given a dram of whisky.
  • Alfred gets nineteen shillings and sixpence for a full week.
  • At the risk of seeming to be a shill for David Talbot, let me suggest that non-subscribers reconsider.
  • There was two or three chairs, that might have been worth, in their best days, from eightpence to a shilling a – piece; a small deal table, an old corner cupboard with nothing in it, and one of those bedsteads which turn up half way, and leave the bottom legs sticking out for you to knock your head against, or hang your hat upon; no bed, no bedding. Sketches by Boz
  • Material possessions and the means of measuring them by reference to groats, shillings or florins were forbidden in the Holy Parish.
  • In the end I did ring Flora but even after she'd answered I was still shillyshallying. PROOF
  • So I suppose this makes me a member of the international neocon conspiracy as well as an evil shill for the oil industry.
  • The angel-noble of Henry VII, valued at ten shillings, appears to have been the coin given; it was in common use and not made especially for this purpose. Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing
  • He takes systematic aim at the architects of millennial economic opinion: journalists and columnists, cultural studies academics, ad-men, and the shills of the new management literature.
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