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ruse

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Definition a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
  • She pretended to need help with her homework as a ruse to see him again.
ruse = a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
  • She knew her opponent too well to fall for that ruse.
  • ruse = trick
  • 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
  • ruse = a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
  • 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
  • ruse = deception
  • 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
  • ruse = a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
  • 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
  • ruse = deceptive maneuver
  • 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
  • ruse = a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
  • 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
  • ruses = deceptive maneuvers
  • ...part of some great ruse to get Adam in to see me.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • ruse = deceptive maneuver
  • 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
  • ruse = deception
  • Why the ruses and deceit?
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • But really the job was a ruse; she and Gogol had decided that it was best for her to return to New York alone.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • And this time it would not be a ruse.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • 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
  • With the help of your Red brethren, you deceived us with technological tricks and ruses, infiltrating my own family.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • He added with the air of a profound thinker, "One is indebted sometimes to fortune, sometimes to ruse, for the happy issue of great enterprises."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • That's a common ruse in conventional bombmaking, and the same rule, we can assume, holds true for pseudo-nukers.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Perhaps Washington found it impossible to believe, or suspected that it was indeed a ruse.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • "Why the ruse?" he asked.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • One of its spies admitted in court that a gift of baby clothes had been a ruse to find out where Morris lived.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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