Origin of ruseFrench from Middle French from Old French reuser, to deceive from Classical Latin recusare, to be reluctant, refuse: see recusant
Eleanor's coworkers had to come up with a ruse to get her to the restaurant for her surprise birthday lunch.
An example of a ruse is when you lie to someone to get them out of the house before a surprise party.
Origin of ruseMiddle English detour, dodging from Old French from ruser to drive back ; see rush 1.
From Middle English, from Old French ruse (“evasive movements of a pursued animal"), with conflicting Latin origins.
- The ruse is an especially important part of the 21st surprise party.
- Some scam software is also a ruse to harvest e-mail addresses of registered buyers or users, which can result in copious amounts of spam.
- St John arrived on the show in the role of Walker Laurence, a ruse he used to protect his family.
- It was only a ruse to get her alone.
- Was he gold digging, or was it simply a ruse to spend the night?