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English definition of “ploy”

ploy

noun [C]     /plɔɪ/
a slightly dishonest method used to try to achieve something: [+ to do sth] The phone call was just a ploy to get rid of her.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking
(Definition of ploy noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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