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1. A comedian who plays the object of another's jokes, ridicule, or slapstick. I don't mind playing the stooge, so long as the audience laughs. But I am a little sick of all these pies in my face!
2. Someone who is manipulated or paid to do the bidding of a higher power or authority. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. The inspector was suspected of being nothing but a stooge of the company after he submitted positive reports that ignored serious safety issues.
3. A criminal who is paid as a police informant. The term is a portmanteau of "stool pigeon," which originates from a hunting decoy involving a fake pigeon fastened to a stool in order to lure other birds for hunters. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I'd say he was probably killed by the gang. It had become well-known that he was a stooge for the police for the last few years.

Three Stooges

Three people who are, or are prone to, acting stupidly. A reference to the Three Stooges, a trio popular in the early-20th century for their slapstick comedy. A: "My brother has his two friends over, so let's go upstairs." B: "Sure. What are the Three Stooges up to today?" A: "Last I saw, they were wrestling each other in the living room." I'm not surprised to hear that those Three Stooges messed up the account.
See also: Stooge, three
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1. n. someone’s pawn; someone controlled or maneuvered by someone else. The guy’s a stooge for the mob’s Mr. Gutman. Ignore him.
2. in. to work as someone’s underling; to serve as someone’s pawn. You will do what I tell you, and if it’s stooging you will do it, and you will smile and say thank you.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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