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Examples of stratagem in a Sentence
tried various stratagems to get the cat into the carrier, but the feisty feline was wise to them all
Recent Examples of stratagem from the Web
The war, which dragged on longer than many viewers liked, turned on a surprising, satisfying plot twist that saw Rick's band go from seeming defeat to victory, even if the stratagem didn't stand up to close analysis.
As Jonathan Martin reported recently in The New York Times, Republicans are twisting the Democratic impeachment talk into a stratagem for raising money and mobilizing the base for the November races.
The zombie blood stratagem was not employed, keeping the series logical for at least another week.
Other drug companies are trying similar REMS stratagems.
As Mueller moves to interview West Wing aides in the coming days, advisers are lobbying for Trump to consider a range of stratagems to neutralize Mueller, from conciliation to a declaration of all-out war.
This divide-and-conquer stratagem paid off handsomely this week when the Czechs and Slovaks broke ranks with a group of eastern European countries to back a tightening of cross-border labour rules inside the EU, a totemic issue for Mr Macron.
And by Monday, after a year of legal stratagems on his part, both charges had been dropped.
Cuba’s favourite economic stratagem—extracting subsidies from left-wing allies—has had its day.
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Did You Know?
A "stratagem" is any clever scheme - sometimes one that's part of an overall "strategy" (i.e., a carefully worked out plan of action). Clearly, we no longer limit ourselves to the original military sense of "stratagem" as 15th-century users of the term did. The military meaning can be traced back to the word's Greek ancestor strategema, which is itself based on strategein, meaning "to act as a general." "Strategein" in turn comes from "strategos" ("general"), which comes from "stratos" ("army") and "agein" ("to lead"). "Strategos" is an ancestor of "strategy" as well.
Origin and Etymology of stratagem
sleight of hand;
Synonym Discussion of stratagem
- the tricks of the trade
- the ruses of smugglers
- the stratagem-filled game
- last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy
- the clever artifices of the stage
- used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself
- a feint toward the enemy's left flank
STRATAGEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stratagem for English Language Learners
: a trick or plan for deceiving an enemy or for achieving a goal
STRATAGEM Defined for Kids
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