1 move, manoeuvre, ploy, caper, plan, strategy, stratagem, device, ruse, plot, scheme, design:
Inviting her husband along was a tactic merely to avert suspicion.
2 tactics. manoeuvres, strategy, plans, campaign, generalship, military science, military operation(s), orchestration, engineering, masterminding:
Entirely different tactics must be employed in jungle fighting.
subtle | legitimate
Some players see injuring their opponent as a legitimate tactic.
| devious, dubious, underhand | aggressive, bully-boy, bullying, extreme, guerrilla, heavy-handed, militant, revolutionary, scare, shock, strong-arm, terror, violent | non-violent, softly-softly | psychological | smear | avoidance, delaying, diversionary, spoiling, stalling
Children are adept at delaying tactics.
| negative, time-wasting
The coach was criticized for his negative tactics.
| short-term | campaigning, marketing, negotiating, promotional | military, naval, parliamentary, police, political
VERB + TACTIC
decide on, discuss, plan, talk (about), work out
She decided on a stalling tactic.
| adopt, apply, deploy, employ, try, use
the temptation to use underhand tactics They were desperate enough to try shock tactics.
| resort to, stoop to
I refuse to stoop to such bullying tactics.
| change, rethink, switch
They would do well to switch tactics.
| demand, require
Longer races demand different tactics.
TACTIC + VERB
pay off, succeed, work
His strong-arm tactics paid off.
teaching parents tactics for dealing with aggressive children
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