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A buyer of real estate who has no interest in owning what he/she buys. That is, if a developer wishes to buy up a large amount of land without attracting attention, he/she may hire dummies to purchase (with the developer's capital) on his/her behalf. The dummies in turn re-sell (or simply give) the properties to the developer.


A straw man, as when a developer desires to purchase a number of properties in order to assemble them and build a shopping center but is afraid that owners will increase their asking prices if they know the true name of the buyer. Owners sell to the dummy, who then transfers to the developer.

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The current release of Dog Basics For Dummies is available on iOS (iPhone/iPod touch/iPad) through iTunes.
Trading Standards officials in Warwickshire urged anyone with young children to dispose of the dummies, which are fitted with flashing lights and sold as ``costume jewellery'' to dance lovers.
And, in any case, the project studied the behaviour of only 128 pre-school children from Patagonia, who had, variously, sucked fingers, dummies, breasts and bottles - hardly an exhaustive sample.
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We need one male and two female full size shop dummies.