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ploy

[ ploi ]
/ plɔɪ /
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noun

a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage.

verb (used with object)

Military Archaic. to move (troops) from a line into a column.Compare deploy.

verb (used without object)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ploy

coun·ter·ploy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ploy

ploy
/ (plɔɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for ploy

C18: originally Scot and northern English, perhaps from obsolete n sense of employ meaning an occupation
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