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    Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no police

    Hi guys,

    I am struggling to find a suitable phrase to convey the meaning of someone who acts as a controller - driving in front of someone else so as to make sure the road is clean - no police or anything suspicious whatsoever.

    It's for a translation and it refers to someone who is involved in smuggling people - bad connotation.

    In my language we say road-cleaner/controller but it does not sound right in English.

    Any native/near native speaker, pls help. Any suggestion is highly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Natasha

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    I'm not going to be much help but I don't think there is such a word. I did a google and bing search too just to check, and found nothing.

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    #3

    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    Thanks Giles, I did google myself too but I didn't come across anything suitable. I guess I have to improvise and coin something new :)

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_and_the_Bandit

    They call it a "blocker" car in this article about the famous movie. The reference would be to American football, where a blocker clears the way for the ball carrier to move freely.

    The cops chase after the speeding Trans Am and ignore the truck with its illegal cargo.
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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    Quote Originally Posted by Oskarka View Post
    I guess I have to improvise and coin something new. :)
    Please don't use a home-made emoticon to replace a standard punctuation mark.

    I you want to insert a smiley, click on the icon.

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    Sure thing, Rover! I'm a newbie here, so good to know.

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    Do you think "lookout" would be appropriate in that context?

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Do you think "lookout" would be appropriate in that context?
    I thought of that, but it's more than just looking out. A lookout seems to be stationary to me as well.

    A "decoy" or someone "running interference" are other possibilities.

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    "Decoy" fits perfectly! Thanks everyone for the help. Great start here!

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    Re: Phrase for someone who drives in front of someone else making sure there is no po

    "Scout" is another possibility.

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