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  • n  a decoy who acts as an enthusiastic customer in order to stimulate the participation of others
  • v  act as a shill
    The shill bid for the expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up

  • And while reliably conservative, AoS is no shill; last summer, the blog called President Bush "incompetent" and "embarrassingly dimwitted" and urged him to retire.
  • No one would mistake Chris Paine for a General Motors shill.
  • They don't shill for mobile-phone or soft-drink companies.

  • Allan Rock in Toronto Star
    Ann Coulter is a mean-spirited, small-minded, foul-mouthed poltroon,Rock wrote to Houle in a March 18 email. "She is 'the loud mouth that bespeaks the vacant mind'." "She is an ill-informed and deeply offensive shill for a...
  • Joe Torre in USA Today
    He's using me as a shill, that's fine,Torre said with a smile.
  • Michele Bachmann in Commodity Surge (blog)
    Bachmann wisely stated this in an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "I said that I was concerned that Washington, the Obama administration, could use it as a permanent ATM. I want to make sure everyone knows I'm not a shill for BP."

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