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She pretended to need help with her homework as a ruse to see him again.
  a deceptive maneuver
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  • She pretended to need help with her homework as a ruse to see him again.
  • She knew her opponent too well to fall for that ruse.
  • But because he hadn’t shown up yet to pick them up from the salon, she guessed she’d been right in thinking that the whole thing had been a ruse to see her again.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • I get to park in front now since Miss Celia finally dropped the ruse and told Mister Johnny what he already knew.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help

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  • Under the ruse of giving an academic lecture, I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Because they were three and the guards facing them were five, Shukhov could try a ruse.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • His frequent absences from home at night, which were hailed by the Prefect as certain aids to his success, I regarded only as ruses, to afford opportunity for thorough search to the police, and thus the sooner to impress them with the conviction to which G—, in fact, did finally arrive—the conviction that the letter was not upon the premises.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • Then he dragged out a mattress and laid it over the hatch and from inside he pulled it up over the plywood and carefully lowered the door so that the mattress covered it completely. It wasn’t much of a ruse but it was better than nothing.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • ...part of some great ruse to get Adam in to see me.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • I found myself not listening, merely looking at his mouth, which moved—or so it seemed to me—independent of the words, as if the body of the stranger were a ruse, a disguise for something infinitely more terrible.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel

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  • It’s Lev—and Risa realizes that her little ruse has backfired.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • No matter the ruse, it didn’t work.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Why the ruses and deceit?
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • That business about the punishment loops was a ruse concocted to ensnare those ymbrynes whom the corrupted weren’t able to capture in their raids.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • "I’m sure this is all just an elaborate ruse to keep me traveling with you," he groused.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Perhaps, in theory, but no. In order to keep up the ruse, she could never leave your side.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • To my relief and surprise, my little ruse had worked better than I’d hoped.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • That’s a common ruse in conventional bombmaking, and the same rule, we can assume, holds true for pseudo-nukers.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Her stratagem—fastening the newspaper-wrapped package to her body beneath her dress in a way that would make her appear corpulently pregnant—was shopworn enough by now almost to call attention to itself rather than work as a ruse; she had tried it anyway, urged on by the farm woman who had sold her the precious meat.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You and I know, of course, that Mr. Poe was panicking over Sunny and the Incredibly Deadly Viper, but all Violet knew was that whatever ruse her siblings had devised was still working.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • With the help of your Red brethren, you deceived us with technological tricks and ruses, infiltrating my own family.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • That was a ruse we used for the media.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Could this all just be a ruse?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • His parents had moved away for good; the trip to Ghazni had been a ruse.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Even if they think it’s a ruse, I hope they’ll decide I’m hidden somewhere near it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Neither Louie nor anyone else knew that Jimmie’s attempts to pass as a student were apparently an elaborate ruse.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But then I imagined him being physically unable to Heimlich, and me having to reveal that it was all a ruse, and the ensuing mutual humiliation.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • This posing at the piano and over the album was only a little ruse adopted by way of precaution.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet thoughtfully.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I suppose the ruse was unavoidable, though I wish they had told me.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • This way Mr. Broks can read the letter without suspecting a ruse.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • That the person she thought you were all these years was a ruse, a trick.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Had this all been a ruse, then?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Just as he finished congratulating himself on his innocent ruse he was bumped hard by one of his opponents and knocked to his knees.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It seemed hopeless to pursue the inquiry any farther, but it was clear that in spite of Holmes’s ruse we had no proof that Barrymore had not been in London all the time.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I am glad the ruse was successful.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • That night I lay wide awake in bed waiting for Mommy to get home from work at two A.M., whereupon she laid the ruse out as I sat at the kitchen table in my tattered Fruit of the Loom underwear.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • After all it was a ruse of the Thenardiers to obtain money.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Shigeyuki wanted one, and he resorted to a ruse.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • His having moved his troops there is only a ruse; he will probably pass round to the right of the Moskva.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It is the practice of this ruse personnage when questioned to start talking about something else.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • How was the good-hearted Mr. Ziegler to know that nothing ailed the machine-that this was a ruse devised to rob and kill would-be Samaritans?
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Still, the ruse disturbed him.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • They laughed then, uproariously, about the speed with which they had run, the pose they had assumed, the ruse they had invented to escape or decrease some threat to their manliness, their humanness.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I have not yet spoken to him on this matter, but knowing how he operates, I suspect his public manhunt for Agent Neveu and Mr. Langdon was part of a ruse to lure out the real killer.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Seek a protector, choose a patron out, And like the crawling ivy round a tree That licks the bark to gain the trunk’s support, Climb high by creeping ruse instead of force?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Hatsue’s walks had been a ruse, just as Fujiko had suspected.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • But we have no idea until it comes out that it’s a ruse—so there is this genuine moment of fear.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • But the couple saw through her ruse to get around rent control.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • No man here will drive me from the field against my will, not by main force, not by a ruse.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
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