scheme


scheme
I
n.

1) to concoct, cook up, devise, think up a scheme

2) to foil, thwart a scheme

3) a diabolical; fantastic; get-rich-quick; grandiose; nefarious; preposterous, wild-eyed scheme

4) a scheme to + inf. (she concocted a scheme to get publicity)

5) (misc.) in the overall scheme of things

USAGE NOTE: In CE, a scheme can be dishonest or crafty; this connotation is probably encountered more frequently in AE than in BE.
II

v. (derog.) (E) they are schemeing to take over the government

* * *
[skiːm]
cook up
devise
get-rich-quick
grandiose
nefarious
think up a scheme
thwart a scheme
wild-eyed scheme
(derog.) (E) they are schemeing to take over the government
a diabolical
to concoct
to foil
(misc.) in the overall scheme of things (USAGE NOTE: In CE, a scheme can be dishonest or crafty; this connotation is probably encountered more frequently in AE than in BE.)
a scheme to + inf. (she concocted a scheme to get publicity)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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