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ploy

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishployploy /plΙ”Ιͺ/ noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š WAY/METHODa clever and dishonest way of tricking someone so that you can get an advantage πŸ”Š His usual ploy is to pretend he’s ill.ploy to do something πŸ”Š a smart ploy to win votes
Examples from the Corpus
ployβ€’ It is a ploy, but he had good reason to believe it would be an effective one.β€’ He's not really ill, it's just a ploy to make us feel sorry for him.β€’ The religious element of their election campaign was a cynical ploy.β€’ Why give her the satisfaction of knowing her ploy had succeeded?β€’ But his main ploy was to portray Weld as a friend of the rich eager to reduce educational opportunities for ordinary citizens.β€’ A neat marketing ploy, and a good way of interesting children in aviation.β€’ Using government subsidies to increase local authority rents is not a new ploy.β€’ Certainly Mosley's constant harping on the theme of left-wing intimidation was a fairly effective recruiting ploy throughout the 1930s.β€’ The ploy didn't work.β€’ This ploy should give the stockmarket a boost.ploy to do somethingβ€’ This isn't a ploy to be recommended.β€’ This may have been coincidence or, as we noted earlier, a deliberate ploy to enhance his own standing.β€’ He claims it is a deliberate ploy to squeeze out weaker brokers.β€’ Use every ploy to project my reality in defence of my choices.β€’ This is a good ploy to get the children to shout loud but then to contain the noise within the call.β€’ Apple's altruism was also labelled as a smart ploy to introduce the nation's youngsters to its products.
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