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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crafty stratagem; a subterfuge. See Synonyms at wile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a trick
  • n. guile

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artifice; trick; stratagem; wile; fraud; deceit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall.
  • To slide down a declivity with a rustling noise.
  • To give way; fall back; retreat; use tricks for the purpose of escaping.
  • n. The use of artifice or trickery; also, a stratagem.
  • n. Synonyms Manœuver, Trick, etc. See artifice and stratagem.
  • A Middle English or dialectal form of roose. Cath. Ang.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

Etymologies

Middle English, detour, dodging, from Old French, from ruser, to drive back; see rush1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French ruse ("evasive movements of a pursued animal"), with conflicting Latin origins. (Wiktionary)

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