Meaning: the existing state
Sentence: seeks to preserve the status quo
Meaning: a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
Synonyms: artifice, gimmick
Sentence: asking me to take her shopping turned out to be a ploy to get me to the surprise party
Meaning: the means or procedure for doing something
Synonyms: approach, manner
Sentence: used dishonest tactics to win election to the town council
Meaning: treatment that is deliberately unfriendly
Synonyms: brush-off, repulse
Sentence: took her rebuff in stride, and still greeted her cousin with a friendly smile the next time they met
Meaning: to free or remove
Synonyms: disentangle, disencumber
Sentence: They extricated the tractor from the mud.
Meaning: toward or at the front part of a boat, ship, or airplane
Sentence: The plane's exits are located fore and aft.
Meaning: to harm (sexual way)
Synonyms: to bother, annoy
Sentence: He was sent to jail for molesting children.
Meaning: Relating to the human body.
Sentence: started to suffer the corporal ailments that come with advancing age
Meaning: the distance or extent between possible extremes
Synonyms: diapason, scale
Sentence: the actress's work runs the gamut from goofy comedies to serious historical dramas
Meaning: being out of the ordinary
Synonyms: aberrant, abnormal
Sentence: even weather forecasters seemed surprised by the freak hailstorm