ploy

noun
\ ˈplȯi How to pronounce ploy (audio) \

Definition of ploy

2a : 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

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Examples of ploy in a Sentence

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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Measures should include aims to improve the standard of African leagues – making players less susceptible to the ploys of unscrupulous agents. Ini-obong Nkang, Quartz Africa, "Europe’s search for soccer’s next big star is driving a modern-day slave trade," 14 Aug. 2019 That ploy worked for one batter as Willson Contreras lined out to second baseman Keston Hiura. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs 4, Brewers 1: Offense continues to be missing in action in third consecutive defeat," 3 Aug. 2019 For some onlookers, the initial suicide framing of it all nevertheless reeks of yet another ploy by Erakat to get views on YouTube. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "A controversial YouTuber’s suicidal claims have fans questioning his motives," 24 Sep. 2018 There’s also the suggestion that the Trump administration’s posturing over the value of the yuan is really a ploy in the president’s long-running battle with Jerome Powell, the current chairman of the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank. Ishaan Tharoor, The Denver Post, "Tharoor: Trump and Xi lock horns — and drag the world with them," 8 Aug. 2019 There’s also the suggestion that the Trump administration’s posturing over the value of the yuan is really a ploy in the president’s long-running battle with Jerome H. Powell, the current chairman of the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump and Xi lock horns — and drag the world with them," 7 Aug. 2019 Even during the heady days of the epic bitcoin bubble in 2017, Long Island Iced Tea Corp.’s pivot to blockchain was a particularly brash ploy to latch onto the crypto hype. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "The FBI thinks Long Island Iced Tea’s infamous pivot to blockchain was sweetened by insider trading," 25 July 2019 Democrats had argued that adding a question on citizenship would have been a partisan ploy to reduce minority participation in the census. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Trump administration abruptly gives up fight over citizenship question on the census," 2 July 2019 The fight centers on liberals’ suspicions that the census question could be a ploy to tilt the once-a-decade reapportionment of House seats. New York Times, "Census Fight Grows as House Panel Backs Contempt and Trump Asserts Privilege," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of ploy

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ploy

probably from employ

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ploy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ploy

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

ploy

noun
\ ˈplȯi How to pronounce ploy (audio) \
plural ploys

Kids Definition of ploy

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

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