noun \ˈpli\

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

Full Definition of PLOY

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

  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 of PLOY

probably from employ
First Known Use: 1697

Rhymes with PLOY


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