stratagem (n.) Old form(s): stratageme
scheme, device, cunning plan
2H4 II.iv.20[Francis to Will, of the plan to fool Falstaff] It will be an excellent stratagem
AW III.vi.32[Second Lord to Bertram, of Parolles recapturing his drum] he says he has a stratagem for't
H5 IV.viii.107[King Henry to all] When, without stratagem, / But in plain shock and even play of battle, / Was ever known so great and little loss
RJ III.v.210[Juliet to Nurse] alack, that heaven should practise stratagems / Upon so soft a subject as myself!
Tit II.iii.5[Aaron alone] this gold must coin a stratagem
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