Part of speech: noun

An action intended to mislead or deceive.

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Usage examples "ruse":

  1. If the latter were newcomers and vastly in the minority, then the ruse might work for a while. - "Ways of Nature", John Burroughs.
  2. Soon he too was captured by Alonzo de Ojeda through the clever ruse of sending him a present. - "Christopher Columbus", Mildred Stapley.
  3. My challenge to Marzak was a ruse to gain time- to avoid shooting until Lionel's head should have become so dimly visible in the dusk that none could say whether it was still there or not. - "The Sea-Hawk", Raphael Sabatini.