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Noun: figurehead  'fi-g(y)ur,hed
  1. A person used as a cover for some questionable activity
    - front man, front, nominal head, straw man, strawman
     
  2. Figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

Derived forms: figureheads

Type of: beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, figure, slicker, trickster

Encyclopedia: Figurehead