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scheme

noun [C]  /skim/ us  
a plan for doing or organizing something: The committee came up with a creative fundraising scheme. The yellow and white color scheme brightened up the kitchen. A scheme is also a secret and dishonest plan: [+ to infinitive] They devised a scheme to defraud the government of millions of dollars.

scheme

verb [I]  /skim/ us  
to make a plan, esp. a secret and dishonest one: [+ to infinitive] He was scheming to get the top job from the moment he joined the company.
schemer
noun [C]  /ˈski·mər/
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