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scheme

verb [I or T]     /skiːm/ disapproving
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.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking schemer     /ˈskiː.mər/ US  /-mɚ/ noun [C] disapproving He's a schemer who always finds a way of getting what he wants.Dishonest peopleLies, lying and hypocrisyCheating and tricking scheming     /ˈskiː.mɪŋ/ adjective disapproving a secretive and scheming politicianSly and devious
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