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1    a manoeuvre or tactic in a game, conversation, etc.; stratagem; gambit  
2    any business, job, hobby, etc., with which one is occupied  
angling is his latest ploy     
3      (Chiefly Brit)   a frolic, escapade, or practical joke  
     (C18: originally Scot. and northern English, perhaps from obsolete n sense of employ meaning an occupation)  
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contrivance, device, dodge, gambit, game, manoeuvre, move, ruse, scheme, stratagem, subterfuge, tactic, trick, wile  

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See also:

PLO, ply, poly, plooky

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