Definition of ploy
- a ploy to get her to open the door
- —Robert B. Parker
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
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First Known Use: 1697See Words from the same year
: a clever trick or plan that is used to get someone to do something or to gain an advantage over someone
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