strat·a·gem /ˈstrætəʤəm, ˌʤɛm/
Strat·a·gem n. An artifice or trick in war for deceiving the enemy; hence, in general, artifice; deceptive device; secret plot; evil machination.
Fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. --Shak.
Those oft are stratagems which error seem,
Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream. --Pope.
n 1: a maneuver in a game or conversation [syn: ploy, gambit]
2: an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or
evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us
off the track" [syn: contrivance, dodge]