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ruse
used in War and Peace

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Definition
a deceptive maneuver — such as a trick or lie
  • His having moved his troops there is only a ruse; he will probably pass round to the right of the Moskva.
    Book Ten — 1812 (59% in)
  • As soon as Bonaparte (who was at Schonbrunn, sixteen miles from Hollabrunn) received Murat's dispatch with the proposal of a truce and a capitulation, he detected a ruse and wrote the following letter to Murat: Schonbrunn, 25th Brumaire, 1805, at eight o'clock in the morning To PRINCE MURAT, I cannot find words to express to you my displeasure.
    Book Two — 1805 (66% in)
  • The count had devised this diplomatic ruse (as he afterwards told his daughter) to give the future sisters-in-law an opportunity to talk to one another freely, but another motive was to avoid the danger of encountering the old prince, of whom he was afraid.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (32% in)

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