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stratagem

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Definition a planned way of achieving an end — especially in dealing with others and often involving deceit or some kind of trick
  • It has been said that he hardly drank tea without a stratagem, and that he played the politician about cabbages and turnips.
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • In hemmed-in situations, you must resort to stratagem.
    Sun, Tzu  --  The Art of War
  • He effected, by stratagem, the escape of the prisoner.
    Scott, Walter  --  Ivanhoe
  • If you let him play that stratagem on you, he will down you every time.
    W.B.Godbey  --  Commentary of the New Testament - Vol 1
  • When she saw that she could get no redress and that her words were despised, the Owl attacked the chatterer by a stratagem.
    Aesop  --  The Grasshopper and the Owl
  • All the nations of Greece rallied, sailed over the Aegean Sea, and besieged old Troy ten long years, winding up in its capture and destruction, through the famous stratagem of the wooden horse invented by Ulysses.
    W.B.Godbey  --  Commentary of the New Testament - Vol 3
  • Only, in order that I may know something, it is important that Porthos should not make use of the only stratagem I leave at his disposal.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • The author, by an extraordinary stratagem, prevents an invasion.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Necessity excused stratagem, but stratagem was limited by the dread of offending Dorothea.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • A strange resolution of Sophia, and a more strange stratagem of Mrs Honour.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • So he occupies himself with theoretical stratagems: what would he do if he were in their place, the place of the men with pillowcase heads?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • CHAPTER XXXIX The Stratagem "The way of the wicked is as darkness; he knoweth not at what he stumbleth.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • At last he devised a stratagem and returned up into the hills to put it into effect.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Here was a killer wary of the Voice, wary of every combat stratagem, wary of every trick of death and violence.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The victory was won by a stratagem devised by Count Erard de Valery.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • That can only be done by stratagem, and by catching him when he is not surrounded by these people.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • General Lee's various stratagems will be most instructive, most illuminating.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • — Alack, alack, that heaven should practise stratagems Upon so soft a subject as myself!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The flying tackle was a main stratagem of defense, as was the cross-body block and the flying wedge.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • All stratagems are fair in love, sir.'
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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