Definition of ruse
: a wily subterfuge
Examples of ruse in a Sentence
His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.
Recent Examples of ruse from the Web
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Origin and Etymology of ruse
French, from Old French, roundabout path taken by fleeing game, trickery, from reuser
First Known Use: 1581
Synonym Discussion of ruse
RUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ruse for English Language Learners
: a trick or act that is used to fool someone
RUSE Defined for Kids
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