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stool pigeon

An informant, especially a criminal working as a spy for law enforcement officers. Although the criminal agreed to help the police in order to avoid prison time, he was afraid the other gang members would kill him if they discovered he was a stool pigeon.
See also: pigeon, stool

stool pigeon

A decoy or informer, especially a police spy. For example, Watch out for Doug; I'm sure he's a stool pigeon for the supervisor. This term alludes to a bird tied to a stool or similar perch in order to attract other birds, which will then be shot. However, one writer believes that stool is a variant for stale or stall, both nouns used for a decoy bird before 1500 or so. [c. 1820]
See also: pigeon, stool

stool (pigeon)

and stoolie (ˈstul ˈpɪdʒən and ˈstuli)
n. an informer. (Originally underworld.) Some stool pigeon spilled the works to the boys in blue. I’m no stoolie!
See also: pigeon, stool

stoolie

verb
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First twist is that Lau is transferred to Internal Affairs to investigate the triad mole within the force, rapidly mirrored by Chan promising Hon that he'll find out who the police stoolie is.
It makes it much easier to direct what should be taught, to the point of transforming children into environmental stoolies in the name of "saving the world.
Luckily, or not, he then forgot, or wiser minds prevailed, I don't know, and his ashes were packaged up for the obligatory memorial service--probably more than one--so the mayor and his council, all the lackeys, flunkies, toadies and stoolies caught up in a shit-spotted cascade down those marble steps and into the astonished street is an event that exists first in my imagination and now in yours.
Gossip from one of these Net stoolies revealed that Pryce was a 16-year-old hacker from Britain who ran a home-based bulletin board system; its telephone number was given to the Air Force.
before being drugged by collared stoolies in layered Indonesian target gear.
The Poles call these cops stoolies, pigeons, Smurfs.
Its commission of stoolies is not the answer to our critical need for major surgery.