Definition of Ruse in English:


(also Rousse)

proper noun

  • An industrial city and the principal port of Bulgaria, on the Danube River; population 156,959 (2008)

Definition of ruse in English:



  • An action intended to deceive someone; a trick.

    ‘Eleanor tried to think of a ruse to get Paul out of the house’
    • ‘I'm not convinced they saw through my ruse of pretending to photograph someone else.’
    • ‘In time, the press and public came to view the petty ruses and gambits regularly employed by a host of Wall Street speculators as despised tools of fraud and monopoly when adopted by Gould.’
    • ‘This is a major reason why Palestinians are criticizing the Israeli move as a ruse.’
    • ‘A last-minute offer may be a ruse or a bluff but I'm the guy who ought to make that call.’
    • ‘It sucks you in and condemns you to hours of game play under the ruse of one last go.’
    • ‘The ruse makes the IRS-themed scam more sophisticated than typical phishing attacks.’
    • ‘It does not prohibit the use of surprise, ruses, or stealthy tactics to kill enemy personnel.’
    • ‘It should be obvious why I badly want to believe that this is a bluff or a ruse.’
    • ‘It is a device at that point in time, a trick and a ruse, and treating the House like a joke.’
    • ‘One must conclude that we know an enormous amount about tricks and ruses (often concocted by brilliant practitioners) but very little about demonstrable impact.’
    • ‘Palestinians claim the move is a ruse to distract the world while Israel tightens its grip on the West Bank.’
    • ‘A stand off in the Black Sea with Turkey is so much part and parcel of most openings that it can easily be dismissed as a ruse to deceive.’
    • ‘One is at a loss whether to call the above ruse a fraud, inducement, immoral force, exploitation or all of these.’
    • ‘Many of the characters feign casual confidence, but the ruse becomes apparent when things start to go wrong.’
    • ‘The booming voice and scare tactics turn out to be a ruse, a way of hiding a small and powerless man, who is no wizard at all.’
    • ‘Some authorities consider the term to have a wider application and to refer to any form of attack on the commander's mind and morale, including psychological warfare, electronic warfare, ruses, and deception.’
    • ‘The NHS is being distorted by trickery and ruses.’
    • ‘I have described before in this space how, during the chaotic feeding frenzy of the last bull market, city restaurateurs devised all sorts of tricks and ruses in an attempt to break out of the stodgy-though-profitable steakhouse box.’
    • ‘There are, in criminal investigations, a number of situations in which the police adopt ruses or tricks in the public interest to obtain evidence.’
    • ‘It is a shame: if the alleged perpetrator were to work for the CIA, his fantastic charades and ruses might be put to excellent use.’
    ploy, stratagem, tactic, move, device, scheme, trick, gambit, cunning plan, manoeuvre, contrivance, expedient, dodge, subterfuge, machination, game, wile, smokescreen, red herring, blind
    the oldest trick in the book
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Late Middle English (as a hunting term): from Old French, from ruser use trickery earlier drive back perhaps based on Latin rursus backward.