Ruse meaning: an action intended to deceive someone; a trick.

Can I use rusing?

Example: I was rusing back there so you could make a clean getaway.

  • Ruse is a noun, not a verb: a trick, stratagem, or artifice: He used a ruse to get past the sentry.thefreedictionary.com/Ruse
    – user66974
    Mar 9, 2015 at 13:52

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No. The idiomatic way would be to say

I was playing a ruse

Or better: I was causing a diversion

Alternative: I created a smokescreen back there


beguile: verb Charm or enchant (someone), often in a deceptive way.

dupe: verb Deceive; trick.

Source: Oxford Living Dictionaries: English.

  • "I was beguiling back there?"
    – mplungjan
    Mar 9, 2015 at 22:07
  • Though "Beguiling" is an adjective form of beguile, it can also be used as a verb. For example:-(1) "It's music that bypasses the brain entirely, beguiling the soul with its ceaselessly inventive mercurial forms conjured literally out of the air."(2) Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore. look for more here:sentence.yourdictionary.com/beguiling
    – user112460
    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:56
  • I know it can be used but it does not work in OP's example.
    – mplungjan
    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:58
  • If "beguiling " sounds awkward , which I'm not sure that it does, we could use "bluff" as another word.
    – user112460
    Mar 10, 2015 at 10:12

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