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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUPPET

He might be a puppet's puppet, but he knew exactly the disposition of the strings.

She would be of age in a day or two, no longer the puppet of her father's will.

It is said in this country, yes, and in others, that the Czar is a puppet.

I myself should be a puppet, a doll, at the beck and call of a master.

"Perhaps I shall see you at your puppet show some evening," he said.

Colonel Mannheim's puppet is going to have to cut his strings and do a Pinocchio.

I seemed to myself to be a puppet, a jointed figure, a manikin.

If he's really being made a puppet of, I should think you'd want to help him.

She controlled all things, and the King her son was but a puppet in her hands.

I am called Pharaoh, yet am but her puppet to carry out her decrees.

WORD ORIGIN

"doll moved by strings or wires" (later applied to puppets in glove form), 1530s, later form of Middle English popet "doll" (c.1300; cf. poppet), from Old French popette "little doll, puppet," diminutive of popee "doll, puppet" (13c., Modern French poupée), from Vulgar Latin *puppa, from Latin pupa "girl; doll" (see pupil (n.1)).

Metaphoric extension to "one whose actions are manipulated by another" first recorded 1540s (as poppet). Puppet show attested from 1650s, earlier puppet-play (1550s). Puppet government is attested from 1884 (in reference to Egypt).

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