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  • According to a user from Canada, the name Ploy is of Thai origin and means "Precious gem, stone".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ploy
Sport; frolic.
verb Ploy
To form a column from a line of troops on some designated subdivision; -- the opposite of deploy.

Etymology: Prob. abbrev. fr. deploy

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  1. A maneuver in a game or conversation
  2. An opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

Possibly from a shortened form of employ or deploy. Or from earlier ploye, from Middle English, a borrowing from Middle French ployer (compare modern plier), from Latin plicāre.

  1. A tactic, strategy, or gimmick.
    The free t-shirt is really a to get you in the door to see their sales pitch.
  2. (Britain, Scotland, dialect) Sport; frolic.

Probably abbreviated from deploy.

    ploy was also found in the following language(s): Sranan Tongo

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    Fun Facts about the name Ploy

    • When was the first name Ploy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ploy is Monday, May 30th, 1881.
    • How unique is the name Ploy? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ploy. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Ploy: Your name in reverse order is Yolp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Loyp. How do you pronounce that?

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    Past life for Ploy born Sep 8, 1967

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Germany approximately on 1775. Your profession was sailor and shoemaker.

    As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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