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Stratagem, 1) an artifice in war, a trick to deceive the enemy (a deed as well as a practice): All's III, 6, 37. 68 “(your mystery in s.).” IV, 1, 55 “(it was in s.).” H5 IV, 8, 113. H6A III, 2, 18. IV, 5, 2. Lr. IV, 6, 188.
2) any artifice or trick: H4B II, 4, 22. R3 III, 5, 11. Tit. II, 1, 104. II, 3, 5.
3) a dreadful deed, anything amazing and appalling: “fit for treasons, --s and spoils,” Merch. V, 85. “every minute now should be the father of some s.” H4B I, 1, 8. “what --s, how fell, how butcherly, this deadly quarrel daily doth beget,” H6C II, 5, 89. “that heaven should practise --s upon so soft a subject,” Rom. III, 5, 211.
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