Another word for wile
wile artifice trick ruse feint stratagem maneuver dodgeSearch Thesaurus
These nouns denote means for achieving an end by indirection or deviousness. Wile suggests deceiving and entrapping a victim by playing on his or her weak points: “He did not fail to see/His uncle's cunning wiles and treachery” (William Morris). Artifice refers to something especially contrived to create a desired effect: “Should the public forgive artifices used to avoid military service?” (Godfrey Sperling). Trick implies willful deception: “The … boys … had all sorts of tricks to prevent us from winning” (W.H. Hudson). Ruse stresses the creation of a false impression: Your pretended deafness was a ruse to enable you to learn our plans, wasn't it? Feint denotes a deceptive act calculated to distract attention from one's real purpose: One person bumped into me as a feint while the other stole my wallet. Stratagem implies carefully planned deception used to achieve an objective: The manager used ruthless stratagems to win the promotion. Maneuver often applies to a single strategic move: “To this day they always speak of that Reform Bill as if it had been a dishonest maneuver” (The Standard). Dodge stresses shifty and ingenious deception: “‘It was all false, of course?’ ‘All, sir,’ replied Mr. Weller, ‘ … artful dodge’” (Charles Dickens).
Another word for wilenoun
An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:artifice, deception, device, dodge, feint, gimmick, imposture, jig, maneuver, ploy, ruse, sleight, stratagem, subterfuge, trick. (Informal) shenanigan, take-in. See honest, means
To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work.Also used with away: dawdle (away), fiddle away, idle (away), kill1, trifle away, waste, while (away). See industrious