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Middle English detour, dodging from Old French from ruser to drive back rush1
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English, from Old French ruse (“evasive movements of a pursued animal"), with conflicting Latin origins.
It was only a ruse to get her alone.
Damian gritted his teeth, remembering how tempted he'd been by the same ruse a few nights before.
Was he gold digging, or was it simply a ruse to spend the night?
The ruse is an especially important part of the 21st surprise party.
It was simply a ruse to keep her from exploring that path and what lay beyond.
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