[ ploi ]
/ plɔɪ /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM ploycoun·ter·ploy, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for ploy
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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