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connive at (something)

To plot or conspire about something. What are you kids whispering about back there? You better not be conniving at something!
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connive at something (with someone)

 and connive (at something) with someone
to scheme at something (with someone); to plot something (with someone). Are you conniving at something with Ronald? Are you and Ronald conniving with Tom at something I should know about? Stop conniving with people!
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THE National Youth Service Corps in Lagos says the corps would blacklist any employer of labour that connives with members to engage in truancy during the service year.
At a time when so many of the real and symbolic leaders of our nation - from the president to the House speaker to leaders in every other walk of life - deceive, connive and manipulate us without shame, Bill Cosby is standing tall and showing us what civility and decency and humility are all about.
Tanith Lee's story follows a kitchen wench as she connives her way into the hills in pursuit of the dragon she knows she will marry.
The spotlight-hogging female who connives to hide her ambition behind a mask of perkiness is much more irresistible as a villain than the established, successful, calculating male CEO.
As KAOS connives to steal the Inthermo, many key supporting players emerge to either help or thwart the plan.
Edward blusters and yells and connives, then Lila drops him in his tracks with a well-timed but ladylike, ``Oh, Edward, shut up