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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