from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain an advantage indirectly or deviously; a maneuver: "A typical ploy is to feign illness, procure medicine, then sell it on the black market” ( Jill Smolowe).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tactic, strategy, or gimmick.
- v. To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sport; frolic.
- intransitive v. To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision; -- the opposite of deploy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Employment.
- n. A harmless frolic; a merrymaking.
- Milit., to move from line into column: the opposite of deploy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a maneuver in a game or conversation
- n. an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
Perhaps from employ, employment (obsolete).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably abbreviated from deploy. (Wiktionary)