verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ploy
OTHER WORDS FROM ploycoun·ter·ploy, noun
Examples from the Web for ploy
Is this just a ploy by the Islamic State—or the beginning of the road to retaking Mosul?Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The head of the prison says Figueroa fabricated the story as a ploy to get the Dutchman transferred.
Do they really not look around them when they hit the shutter, or is it all part of a ploy to attract more attention?Selfie Hall of Shame: Is Anywhere Safe From Sick Snaps?|Charlotte Lytton|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of the length and intensity of the services was a ploy to keep out the religious tourists.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison|Daniel Genis|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Salah claimed the central security force was behind the attack as a ploy to discredit the student protests.
Na, na—his Excellency ken'd nought o' that ploy—it was a' managed atween Rashleigh and mysell.Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
I give you the old word, Elrigmore: 'Claymore and the Gael '; for the rest—pardon me—you gentlemen are out of the ploy.John Splendid|Neil Munro
One house-match is just like another, and their "ploy" of that week happened to be rabbit-shooting with saloon-pistols.Stalky & Co.|Rudyard Kipling
I don't think he went on to describe any—it was mostly a ploy on my part to curry him or make him feel more at ease.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
But the evening's 'ploy' disturbed them both all night, though in a different way.The Guinea Stamp|Annie S. Swan