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play
noun \ˈplȯi\

Definition of ploy

  1. 1 :  escapade, frolic

  2. 2a :  a tactic intended to embarrass or frustrate an opponentb :  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 English Language Learners

ploy

play
noun \ˈplȯi\

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

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



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