Meaning of “subterfuge” in the English Dictionary

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"subterfuge" in British English

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subterfugenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈsʌb.tə.fjuːdʒ/ us /ˈsʌb.tɚ.fjuːdʒ/

a trick or a dishonest way of achieving something:

It was clear that they must have obtained the information by subterfuge.

(Definition of “subterfuge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subterfuge" in American English

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subterfugenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsʌb·tərˌfjudʒ/

an action taken to hide something from someone:

[ U ] His excuse sounded more like subterfuge than a real reason.

(Definition of “subterfuge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)