|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
stool pigeon (stool PIJ-uhn) noun
1. A person who works as a decoy or informer, especially for the police.
2. A pigeon used as a decoy.
[Of uncertain origin: apparently from the former practice of tying decoy pigeons to a stool; possibly from French estale or estal which referred to a pigeon used to entice a hawk into a net.]
"But (David Cooper) Nelson refused to identify the mysterious third
party, saying, 'I'm no stool pigeon. I'd rather die than tell on the
other fellow, a nice guy with a wonderful family.'"
"It's the onerous duty of this group to assess a stool pigeon's
credibility, and then decide 'if it's in the public interest' to have
that person testify."
This week's theme: expressions derived from pet animals.
Never vote for the best candidate, vote for the one who will do the least harm. -Frank Dane