"puppets" in the noun sense
1. puppet, marionette
a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
2. creature, tool, puppet
a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers
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