A crafty stratagem; a subterfuge. See Synonyms at wile.(noun)
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Use "ruse" in a sentence
"David Leathley pretended to be Joel Bennathan QC in what he described as a "ruse of war" to prove his accuser was lying."
"While this ruse is unfolding, the worm separately uses the victim's machine to fill out a new account application."
"After the ruse is revealed, the real people had to sign waivers to be in the ads."