|part of speech:
||a trick, pretense, or diversion intended to deceive or mislead.
They made up a ruse to keep him away from the house before the surprise party.
- deceit, deception, device, dodge, gimmick, hoax, ploy, pretense, sham, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile
- similar words:
- artifice, chicanery, curve, shift
||device, diversion, dodge, hoax, humbug, intrigue, machination, maneuver, ploy, trap