• WordNet 3.6
    • n ploy a maneuver in a game or conversation
    • n ploy an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Butterfinger candy bar was first produced by Chicago's Curtiss Candy Co. in 1923. As an advertising ploy, candy bars were dropped from an airplane on cities in 40 states.
    • n Ploy Sport; frolic.
    • v. i Ploy (Mil) To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision; -- the opposite of deploy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ploy Employment.
    • n ploy A harmless frolic; a merrymaking.
    • ploy Milit., to move from line into column: the opposite of deploy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ploy ploi employment:
    • n Ploy ploi (Scot.) a frolic.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. abbrev. fr. deploy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

I'll gie ye your kail through the reek for this ploy the next time I forgaither wi' ye on the tap o' Caerdon.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
Man, this is a great ploy.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
My em-ploy-er and employ-er-ess are now from home.
"Rudder Grange" by Frank R. Stockton
PLOY, employment, or fuss.
"Waverley" by Sir Walter Scott
Lord love me, now what fool's ploy is this?
"Black Bartlemy's Treasure" by Jeffrey Farnol
Ye wad be gaein' playin' at pitch and toss or ither sic ploys wi' them.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
Since then, pyramid schemes have evolved into intricate psychological ploys.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
It's just another o' his ploys!
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
But a soger's is a different ploy; he must stand stark against all encountering, nor cry a parley even with the lance at his throat.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
They would be having the fine ploys while he was mewed up in Edinburgh.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Ployes le de par dieu.
"Dialogues in French and English" by William Caxton
No that they're bad-lookin', but they're after some ploy.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
And it was instead of such a mighty ploy that Mr. Byles proposed to take the Seminary for a botanical excursion.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
He knew of the officer's steady gaze and his ploy.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
She waited upon Ma, and did all her little ploys.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone
Twa hangins on ae wuddy maks twa pair o' shoon to the hangman, but only ae ploy to the people.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Maister Weelum, that's surely a senseless ploy.
"Betty Grier" by Joseph Waugh
O'er muckle wark, withoot some little ploy, Mak's auld or young a thowless donnart boy.
"Legends of the North; The Guidman O' Inglismill and The Fairy Bride" by Patrick Buchan
There were more again who could never bear to be absent from any ploy: Pepa Frias, Lola, and a few more.
"Froth" by Armando Palacio Valdés
Prepare some unexpected ploy for her.
"A Safety Match" by Ian Hay

In poetry:

Think o' nought but rural quiet,
Rural labour! rural ploys!
Far frae carnage, bluid, and riot,
War, and a' its murd'ring joys.
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
"An' aft, whan naither bite nor sowp
The parents could their bairnies gie,
They wad contrive some slee bit ploy
To stap their cravin's for a wee.
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Chiefs' Crennel Swaps Signs In Motivational Ploy.
Chiefs' Crennel swaps signs in motivational ploy.
A New Twist On An Old Ploy.
Sudan peace deal merely a ploy .
Tax Increases Turn Obama's Jobs Plan Into Another Political Ploy .
Will Obama's immigration ploy get votes.
Yesterday was the first day of President Obama's immigration ploy known as deferred action.
Coupons are definitely a ploy to entice you to buy something you may not have purchased otherwise.
Spurs-Clippers Game 2 key player, tactical ploy , hidden stat.
Norquist Says Democrats' Tax-Cut Ploy Fails His Pledge.
Google Raises a Ploy to Keep Talent from Facebook.
Domino's New Marketing Ploy .
Tongan luger part of marketing ploy .
Reed's training camp ploy …just business as usual for #20.

In science:

This problem can be fixed however by the following simple ploy.
Random graphs as models of networks
At first sight, it may seem repetitive and uninteresting to em ploy the rewiring approach for star-autonomous categories a fourth time.
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
In the proof of (1) ⇒ (2), the use of the ǫ2 -perturbation term in the definition of the HL1 ,ǫ norm is the ploy needed to make the point-evaluations f 7→ f (w) bounded and enables us to avoid the hypothesis that the set of test functions Ψ separates the points of any finite subset ΩF of Ω, as used in [27, 29].
Test functions, Schur-Agler classes and transfer-function realizations: the matrix-valued setting
Ploy and Counter-Ploy Radical translation is one of at least thirteen related topics involving the interplay of deceit and cooperation and its evaluation.
Does Meaning Evolve?
Here, then, is our typical mathematician’s ploy.
Quantum Groups from Path Integrals
Again we use the mathematician’s ploy of introducing the space of al l such sections.
Quantum Groups from Path Integrals