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stratagem

noun ars, artful contrivance, artifice, blind, cheat, chicane, contrivance, crafty device, cunning, deceit, deception, device, dodge, dolus, evasion, excuse, expedient, feint, finesse, gimmick, intrigue, machination, maneuver, manipulation, plan, plot, ploy, pretext, ruse, scheme, shift, strategy, subterfuge, tactic, trap, trick, wile
See also: act, artifice, campaign, contrivance, deception, design, device, expedient, false pretense, hoax, instrumentality, intent, machination, maneuver, operation, plot, ploy, policy, practice, pretext, procedure, ruse, scheme, trap, trick, undertaking

STRATAGEM. A deception either by words or actions, in times of war, in order to obtain an advantage over an enemy.
     2. Such stratagems, though contrary to morality, have been justified, unless they have been accompanied by perfidy, injurious to the rights of humanity, as in the example given by Vattel of an English frigate, which during a war between France and England, appeared off Calais and made signals of distress in order to allure some vessel to come to its relief, and seized a shallop and its crew, who had generously gone out to render it assistance. Vattel, Droit des Gens, liv. 3, c. 9, Sec. 178.
     3. Sometimes stratagems are employed in making, contracts, this is unlawful and fraudulent, and avoids the contract. See Fraud.

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But in the fear of admitting philosophers to power, because they are no longer to be had simple and earnest, but are made up of mixed elements; and in turning from them to passionate and less complex characters, who are by nature fitted for war rather than peace; and in the value set by them upon military stratagems and contrivances, and in the waging of everlasting wars--this State will be for the most part peculiar.
The Marriage-Settlement, the Will, the presence of the family at his country house--all these he believed to be so many stratagems invented to keep him deceived until the last moment.
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This ham-fisted approach of demanding 30pc seems a favoured business stratagem so by applying for a 30pc increase, they are using ill-founded logic that end users will eventually settle for 15pc, whereas if they had asked for a 15pc increase in the first place, they would have to settle for even less.
Like Labours' recently exposed motives for allowing mass immigration, AV looks like another self serving socialist stratagem.
I HAVE just watched a documentary about Barack Obama's election campaign in which the voters were flocking to the polls and I wondered if our MPs, the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth and Geoff Robinson, could suggest any stratagem to get our electorate to flock to the polls in the forthcoming elections.