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ploy

play
noun \ˈplȯi\

Simple Definition of ploy

  • : a clever trick or plan that is used to get someone to do something or to gain an advantage over someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ploy

  1. 1 :  escapade, frolic

  2. 2 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 in a sentence

  1. Her story about being sick is only a ploy to get you to give her money.

  2. <asking me to take her shopping turned out to be a ploy to get me to the surprise party>



Origin and Etymology of ploy

probably from employ


First Known Use: 1697



PLOY Defined for Kids

ploy

play
noun \ˈplȯi\

Definition of ploy for Students

plural

ploys

  1. :  a trick used to make someone do something or get an advantage





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