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clay pigeon

Trapshooting, Skeet. a disk of baked clay or other material hurled into the air from a trap as a target.
Slang. a person in a situation likely to be taken advantage of by others.
Origin of clay pigeon
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
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clay pigeon

a disc of baked clay hurled into the air from a machine as a target to be shot at
(US, slang) a person in a defenceless position; sitting duck
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Slang definitions & phrases for clay-pigeon

clay pigeon

noun phrase

  1. A person who is easily duped; easy mark (1920s+)
  2. An aircraft catapulted from a ship (1940s+ Navy)
  3. Something easily done; cinch (1950s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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clay pigeon

A person easily duped or taken advantage of, as in You're a clay pigeon for all of those telephone fund-raisers . The term alludes to the clay pigeon of trapshooting, which replaced the use of live birds in this sport in the 1860s. Its transfer to figurative use in the first half of the 1900s probably is explained by the much older slang use of pigeon for “dupe.” Also see fall guy
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