Ploy definition

ploi
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An action or maneuver intended to outwit or disconcert another person.
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An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver.
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The definition of a ploy is a scheme or cunning attempt to achieve a desired aim.

When you go on and on about how great your mom's cookies are in a cunning attempt to get her to make some cookies, this is an example of a ploy.

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The free t-shirt is really a ploy to get you in the door to see their sales pitch.

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(military) To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision.

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(UK, Scotland, dialect) Sport; frolic.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ploy
Plural:
ploys

Origin of ploy

  • Perhaps from employ employment (obsolete)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably abbreviated from deploy.

    From Wiktionary