shill [shil]
[contr. < shillaber < ?] Slang
1. the confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy, bet, or bid so as to lure onlookers into participating
2. a person who works energetically to sell or promote something
Slang to act or work as a shill

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