An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end
It was only a ruse to get her alone.
Was he gold digging, or was it simply a ruse to spend the night?
Damian gritted his teeth, remembering how tempted he'd been by the same ruse a few nights before.
It was simply a ruse to keep her from exploring that path and what lay beyond.
Even if the bones were discovered and it was known the drowning was a ruse, no one would have suspected you boys.