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adjective     coy pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    not willing to give information about something, especially in a way that is slightly annoying
    coy about:

    Tim is being very coy about his new job.

  2. 2
    someone who is coy pretends to be shy in order to make themselves seem more attractive
    1. a.
      used about someone’s behavior

      Kate gave him a coy look.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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