a : a tactic intended to embarrass or frustrate an opponent
b : a devised or contrived move : stratagem <a ploy to get her to open the door — Robert B. Parker>
Examples of PLOY
- Her story about being sick is only a ploy to get you to give her money.
- <asking me to take her shopping turned out to be a ploy to get me to the surprise party>
Origin of PLOY
probably from employ
First Known Use: 1697
Related to PLOY
- artifice, device, dodge, fetch, flimflam, gambit, gimmick, jig, juggle, knack, play, trick, scheme, shenanigan, sleight, stratagem, wile
Rhymes with PLOY
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