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sock puppet

noun
1.
a hand puppet made out of a sock.
2.
a person or group whose actions are controlled by another; a puppet.
3.
  1. Also called sock. a false name or identity assumed by an Internet user, often to communicate favorable or self-serving comments or used to create a mythical rival with whom that user can successfully argue online.
  2. Also called sock, sock account. an online user account created for such purposes.
Also, sockpuppet [sok-puhp-it] /ˈsɒkˌpʌp ɪt/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1959 for def. 1; 1990-95 for def. 2
Related forms
sock-puppet, verb (used without object), sock-puppeted, sock-puppeting.
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British Dictionary definitions for sock puppet

sock puppet

noun
1.
a simple puppet made from a sock and worn over one hand
2.
an extra online identity created by a member of a discussion forum, etc, to agree with opinions submitted under his or her usual online name
Derived Forms
sock puppeteer, noun
sock puppetry, noun
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