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machinations

noun [plural] uk   /ˌmæʃ.ɪˈneɪ.ʃənz/ /ˌmæk-/ us  
complicated and secret plans to get power or control: Despite a commitment to more open government, the public are still being kept in the dark about the inner machinations of the Cabinet.
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