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noun [countable] American     shill pronunciation in American English
/ʃɪl/
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  1. 1
    someone who pretends to be interested in something in order to persuade other people to buy it or do it
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    2
    someone who pretends to be interested in something in order to persuade other people to buy it or do it

    The consumers know that Clarke is a fraud and a shill for the campaign.

    Submitted by simplicissimus from Romania on 27/11/2016

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     shill pronunciation in American English
/ʃɪl/ verb [intransitive]
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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