Definition of sock puppet in US English:

sock puppet


  • 1A simple hand puppet made from a sock.

    • ‘The gargoyle in this film is about as believable as a sock puppet.’
    • ‘When you were a young kid, did you ever play with sock puppets?’
    • ‘Making sock puppets is a great hobby to share with your kids and one that helps them disconnect from electronics and other daily distractions.’
    • ‘They are wooden, barely articulate blobs of clay, with as much emotional expression as you'd expect from an oversized smelly surfer sock puppet.’
    • ‘He has the emoting range of a sock puppet.’
    • ‘The company logged huge accolades for TV ads with its famous sock puppet.’
    • ‘They are so wrong for their roles that they might as well be played by sock puppets.’
    • ‘"Waiting for Godot", according to the poster for a lunchtime show, will be "performed by sock puppets".’
    • ‘Who can resist making their own finger paintings or sock puppets?’
    • ‘What began with a no-name sock puppet doing local Washington D.C. television shows and commercials ultimately became a multi-million dollar franchise that would educate America's youth and entertain generations of adults.’
    • ‘For those of you who missed out, the show was based around two sock puppets that, through a series of quick and bizarre skits, pointed out just how strange the variety program was.’
    • ‘In small groups create sock puppets and dramatize some of the episodes represented in the flip-books.’
    1. 1.1 A person whose actions are controlled by another.
      ‘a brainless sock puppet who only knows what to say because his handlers feed him his lines’
      • ‘Let's see if we can push him and his sock puppet over the edge - preferably on national TV.’
      • ‘I've railed against the RIAA and MPAA and their congressional sock puppets in some of the cruelest language I've ever used in print.’
      • ‘They lie, use sock puppets, and will do literally anything to further their aims.’
      • ‘I think the Commission's decision to let him and his sock puppet testify together is looking better and better all the time.’
      • ‘Why was he playing sock puppet for a disgruntled archeologist in yesterday's Irish Times?’
      • ‘Apparently, they didn't think their Lieberman sock puppet was tough enough on Dean last night.’
      • ‘These three are conservatives as opposed to Right Wing sock puppets.’
      • ‘Four years on, he briefly ran for president himself, only to be dismissed as a Kennedy sock puppet.’
      • ‘Conversely, there's certainly a case to be made that the high-water mark of the New Economy was the January 2000 installment of the game, when flush sock puppets bid up the price so high that real companies couldn't afford to buy in.’
      • ‘So, having been caught using sock puppets to circumvent the spending limits, the right has relegalised using sock puppets to circumvent election spending limits.’
      • ‘It's obvious you are a Gore sock puppet.’
      • ‘These clowns might be good public speakers, but a tour of both sites shows that they're just the sock puppets for a very slick marketing effort.’
      • ‘Always funny how the left creates such "capitalist" sock puppets and then blames their failure on the market, when it's inevitably the govt-created or regulated agencies that fail first and hardest.’
      • ‘Because he is a sock puppet, it's always hard to figure out whether these turf battles are good cop/bad cop or whether they truly represent a death match between State and Defense.’
  • 2A false online identity, typically created by a person or group in order to promote their own opinions or views.

    ‘both sides in the debate use sock puppets to make it seem as if scores of people are arguing a point’
    • ‘Kooks will create sock puppets and use them to attack their enemies and/or post positive responses to the kook's own posts (since no one else will).’
    • ‘I find the value of reviews to be substantially lower than they ever have been because of sock puppets, astroturf, and trolling.’
    • ‘These bloggers marshaled their legion of sock puppets to engage in intellectual combat.’
    • ‘Sock puppets are banned in many online venues.’
    • ‘Okay, so I ponied up for a sock puppet just to respond some more.’
    • ‘This tactic works better when done by several sock puppets, or in this case, as an anonymous poster.’
    • ‘If nothing else, create a sock puppet of yourself.’
    • ‘A trend on the rise is the use of sock-puppets to reinforce material that has been posted and/or undermine any opposing material that appears under comments from genuine contributors.’
    • ‘His story combines a hot issue with intrigue, allegations of lying, internet sock puppets, and scientific misconduct.’
    • ‘That's clearly Nick's sock puppet, being used to justify the existence of this thread.’
    • ‘They're creating armies of software-driven sock-puppets to gang up on bloggers and commenters to swamp negative comment.’
    • ‘Our data shows a multitude of cases like this, which make use of what became known as sock puppets.’