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ploy

[ploi]
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noun
  1. a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Military Archaic. to move (troops) from a line into a column.Compare deploy.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Military Archaic. to move from a line into a column.
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Origin of ploy

1475–85; earlier ploye to bend < Middle French ployer (French plier) < Latin plicāre to fold, ply2; see deploy
Related formscoun·ter·ploy, noun

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1. tactic, ruse, subterfuge, wile, gambit.
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  • "'Employing his leisure time in writing a play—'" quoted Mr. Howell.

    The Case of Jennie Brice

    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for ploying

ploy

noun
  1. a manoeuvre or tactic in a game, conversation, etc; stratagem; gambit
  2. any business, job, hobby, etc, with which one is occupiedangling is his latest ploy
  3. mainly British a frolic, escapade, or practical joke
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Word Origin

C18: originally Scot and northern English, perhaps from obsolete n sense of employ meaning an occupation
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Word Origin and History for ploying

ploy

n.

1722, "anything with which one amuses oneself," Scottish and northern England dialect, possibly a shortened form of employ or deploy. Popularized in the sense "move or gambit made to gain advantage" by British humorist Stephen Potter (1900-1969).

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