verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ploy
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
British Dictionary definitions for ploy
Word Origin for ploy
Word Origin and History for ploy
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).