[ ploi ]
/ plɔɪ /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR ploy
1 tactic, ruse, subterfuge, wile, gambit.
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Origin of ploy
OTHER WORDS FROM ploycoun·ter·ploy, noun
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How to use ploy in a sentence
In between it is filled with show votes, political ploys and message events.These Guys Need a Raise?|Patricia Murphy|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which made me wonder whether there are other teams in the league that could be beaten primarily through psychological ploys.NFL Pundits' Dumbest Comments|Allen Barra|September 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
This new power is not based in manipulative ploys intended to set white guilt afire.Obama's Week of Brilliant Stunts|Stanley Crouch|January 17, 2009|DAILY BEAST
They would be having the fine ploys while he was mewed up in Edinburgh.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
Many had been his perilous ploys, but never yet had he seen the inside of the prison.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City|S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
Since then, pyramid schemes have evolved into intricate psychological ploys.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
Ye wad be gaein' playin' at pitch and toss or ither sic ploys wi' them.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
I motioned Sweetheart to get behind me—which she did, eager to take a hand in one of "father's ploys."Sweethearts at Home|S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for ploy
/ (plɔɪ) /
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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