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  • n. Common misspelling of stratagem.


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  • What other officers and crew the pinnace had does not appear, and we know nothing certainly of them, except the time for which they shipped; that some of them were fellow-conspirators with the Master (self-confessed), in the "strategem" to compel the SPEEDWELL'S abandonment of the voyage; and that a few were transferred to the MAYFLOWER.

    The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Complete

  • Which brings us to the second strategem – moving the goal posts.

    An Amazing First Century

  • The mayor followed that by threatening to veto the commission vote; this strategem is of doubtful legal validity, since the county commission is charged by law to resolve the impasse by simple majority.

    Xavier L. Suarez: The Dos and Don'ts of Dealing With an Impasse

  • Stephen Potter, a British humorist who has undeservedly faded into obscurity, is the father of "one-upmanship," a strategem for besting an opponent—somewhat unfairly—without actually cheating.

    Biz One-Upmanship 101

  • After discovering her strategem, Mr. Prosser took his coat from the locker and shrugged it on.

    Updike, John

  • It's just more of regular WSJ Opinion Page contributor Karl Rove's signature strategem, turn your opponents strengths into weakness.


  • You can find a description of this seriously twisted strategem buried deep in the bowels of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Report.

    Les Leopold: Is Corruption on Wall Street All in the Eyes of the Beholder?

  • My only implication about influence was that if Pullman had been inspired by Baum, he made more of the idea: his character's "strategem actually plays a role in the plot" while "Baum's scene is characteristic vaudeville [with] no consequences."

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • I can just see myself using this strategem some Saturday night.

    Understanding the Female Brain

  • Meantime I had the engineer of the locomotive blow his whistle loudly, so that the enemy might also learn that a train had come; and from the fact that in a few moments he began to give way before our small force, I thought that this strategem had some effect.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories


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  • The actual Wiktionary entry (as of Nov. 21, 2010) identifies this correctly as a common misspelling of stratagem.

    November 21, 2010

  • Variant of stratagem.

    October 18, 2008

  • Stratagem: megatarts.

    October 18, 2008