An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver: “A typical ploy is to feign illness, procure medicine, then sell it on the black market” (Jill Smolowe).
Ploy (?), n.
© Webster 1913.
Ploy, v. i. [Prob. abbrev. fr. deploy.] Mil.
To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision; -- the opposite of deploy.
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