Sub·ter·fuge n. That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion.
Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the force of an argument. --I. Watts.
By a miserable subterfuge, they hope to render this position safe by rendering it nugatory. --Burke.
n : something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an
activity; "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge";
"the holding company was just a blind" [syn: blind]