ploy[ ploi ]SEE DEFINITION OF ploy
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLOY
There is a misprint of 'employ' in Thomas Davies' edition, as before.
If I was a stone or two lighter, and had one to look after the shop, it's off on this ploy I would be too.
He put the question roughly, for nobody likes to lose a ploy.
There were more again who could never bear to be absent from any ploy: Pepa Frias, Lola, and a few more.
The night before they touched at Naples Marcella and Louis arranged what she called a "ploy."
Thoost aye right ready for a ploy, said his wife, a deal better than honest work.
You come up the morn's nicht at eight, afore the post comes, and ye'll see the ploy when she gets her valenteen.
I give you the old word, Elrigmore: 'Claymore and the Gael '; for the rest—pardon me—you gentlemen are out of the ploy.
Na, na—his Excellency ken'd nought o' that ploy—it was a' managed atween Rashleigh and mysell.
I don't think he went on to describe any—it was mostly a ploy on my part to curry him or make him feel more at ease.
1722, "anything with which one amuses oneself," Scottish and northern England dialect, possibly a shortened form of employ or deploy. Popularized in the sense "move or gambit made to gain advantage" by British humorist Stephen Potter (1900-1969).
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PLOY
- little game
- monkey business