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Definition of shill

shill

noun

  • a person who speaks favorably about something they have a vested interest in, while pretending to be impartial.

    Last edited on Sep 14 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 14 2009.

  • an accomplice; a person who helps and abets another for the purpose of manipulating the thoughts or actions of a third party.
    The potential customers did not know that a shill was among them, helping the salesman by praising the product and pretending to make a purchase.
    The college professor used graduate students as shills to screen new students before admitting them into his program.

    Last edited on Jan 24 2016. Submitted by Anonymous on Jan 24 2016.

verb

  • to speak favorably about something one has a vested interest in, while pretending to be impartial.

    Last edited on Sep 14 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 14 2009.

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