- a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage.
- Military Archaic. to move (troops) from a line into a column.Compare deploy.
- Military Archaic. to move from a line into a column.
Origin of ploy
Examples from the Web for ploys
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
- 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 and History for ploys
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).