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Noun: stratagem  stra-tu-jum
  1. A tactic or manoeuvre intended to gain an advantage
    - ploy, gambit
     
  2. An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
    "his testimony was just a stratagem to throw us off the track";
    - contrivance, dodge

Derived forms: stratagems

Type of: maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], scheme, strategy, tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Stratagem