Definition of ruse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ruːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ruːz//
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a way of doing something or of getting something by cheating somebody synonym trick She tried to think of a ruse to get him out of the house. Word Originlate Middle English (as a hunting term): from Old French, from ruser ‘use trickery’, earlier ‘drive back’, perhaps based on Latin rursus ‘backwards’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ruse