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scheme

noun [C] uk   /skiːm/ us  
B2 mainly UK an officially organized plan or system: a training/housing/play scheme a pension/savings scheme There's a new scheme in our town for recycling plastic bottles. Class sizes will increase under the new scheme. a plan for getting an advantage for yourself, especially by deceiving others: He's got a hare-brained/crazy/daft scheme for getting rich before he's 20.

scheme

verb [I or T] uk   /skiːm/ disapproving us  
to make clever, secret plans that often deceive others: All her ministers were scheming against her [+ to infinitive] For months he had been scheming to prevent her from getting the top job.
schemer
noun [C] uk   /ˈskiː.mər/ us    /-mɚ/ disapproving
He's a schemer who always finds a way of getting what he wants.
scheming
adjective uk   /ˈskiː.mɪŋ/ disapproving us  
a secretive and scheming politician
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