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 for ruse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruse \Ruse\, n. [F., fr. OF. re["u]ser, rehuser, to turn aside,
     to shuffle, retreat, fr. L. recusare to refuse; pref. re-
     again + causa cause. See Cause, and cf. Recusant.]
     An artifice; trick; stratagem; wile; fraud; deceit.
     [1913 Webster]
     Ruse de guerre[F.], a stratagem of war.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture) [syn:
           ruse, artifice]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "ruse":
     art, artful dodge, artifice, bag of tricks, blind, bluff, bosey,
     catch, chicanery, chouse, conspiracy, contrivance, coup, craft,
     curve, curve-ball, cute trick, deceit, deception, design, device,
     dirty deal, dirty trick, dodge, expedient, fakement, fast deal,
     feint, fetch, ficelle, gambit, game, gimmick, googly, grift, hoax,
     hocus-pocus, imposture, intrigue, jig, joker, juggle, jugglery,
     knavery, little game, maneuver, move, pass, plot, ploy, pretext,
     racket, red herring, scheme, scurvy trick, shift, sleight,
     sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, stratagem, strategy,
     subterfuge, tactic, trick, trickery, wile, wily device

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