An action calculated to frustrate an opponent or gain a bonus indirectly or deviously; a maneuver: "An Average ploy will be feign disease, procure medicine, after that offer it regarding black-market” ( Jill Smolowe).
A tactic, strategy, or gimmick.
A harmless frolic; a merrymaking.
a maneuver in a game or conversation
an opening comment intended to secure a benefit the speaker