ploy

play
noun \ ˈplȯi \

Definition of ploy

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

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Origin and Etymology of ploy

probably from employ



PLOY Defined for English Language Learners

ploy

play
noun

Definition of ploy for English Language Learners

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


PLOY Defined for Kids

ploy

play
noun \ ˈplȯi \

Definition of ploy for Students

plural ploys
:a trick used to make someone do something or get an advantage


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