stratagem

Part of speech: noun

A maneuver designed to outwit an enemy.

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Usage examples "stratagem":

  1. Four hours having passed, Tuck was released, and by a little stratagem on the part of the police he escaped without being interfered with by the crowd. - "Vanishing England", P. H. Ditchfield.
  2. But, as he argued, if he was convinced that the rascally Greek fellow meant mischief to her, was he not bound to employ every stratagem to be her safeguard? - "Sandra Belloni by George Meredith, v1", George Meredith.
  3. It hears and sees equally well, and can only be approached by stratagem. - "New National Fourth Reader", Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes.