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noun [countable] dummy pronunciation in American English /ˈdʌmi/
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  1. 1
    something that is made to look like a real object, used either for practicing something or for tricking people
  2. 2
    a model of someone’s body, used especially for measuring clothes that you are making or for showing clothes in a store
  3. 3
    informal someone who is not very intelligent or who does not have much imagination
  4. 4
    cards that someone places on the table during a game of bridge so that the other players can see them
  5. 5
    British a movement in a sports game made to trick someone


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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