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brew a plot

To conspire; to devise a secret plan. What are you kids whispering about back there? You better not be brewing a plot! My siblings and I are brewing a plot to surprise our parents with a trip for their anniversary.
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lose the plot

1. To act in a disorganized, chaotic, or irrational manner. Primarily heard in UK. Roger seems to have lost the plot ever since his wife died. I'm sorry about last night. I had one too many drinks and just lost the plot.
2. To lose focus on one's primary objective, principle, or task. Primarily heard in UK. Our co-op had a really promising start, but we started catering to individuals too much instead and eventually lost the plot.
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the plot thickens

A situation or set of circumstances has become more complex, mysterious, interesting, or difficult to understand. A: "This whole time I presumed he was working for my father, but it turns out my father has never heard of him!" B: "Ooh, the plot thickens!" Now the plot thickens, as police have opened a line of inquiry into the governor's whereabouts on the date of the incident.
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brew a plot

Fig. to plot something; to make a plot. The children brewed an evil plot to get revenge on their teacher. We brewed a plot so that we would not have to help with dinner.
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plot against someone or something

to make a scheme against someone or something. All the counselors plotted against the czar. We plotted against the opposing party.
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plot something on something

to draw a route or outline on something. He plotted the course they would be taking on a map of the area. The captain plotted the course on a chart of the upper reaches of the Nile.
See also: on, plot

plot something out

to map something out; to outline a plan for something. I have an idea about how to remodel this room. Let me plot it out for you. I plotted out my ideas for the room.
See also: out, plot

plot thickens

Things are becoming more complicated or interesting. The police assumed that the woman was murdered by her ex-husband, but he has an alibi. The plot thickens. John is supposed to be going out with Mary, but I saw him last night with Sally. The plot thickens.
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plot with someone

to scheme with someone. Mary looks as though she is plotting with Jerry to make some sort of mischief. I am not plotting with anyone. I am planning everything myself.
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plot thickens, the

Circumstances are becoming very complex or mysterious. Today this term is often used ironically or half-humorously, as in His companion wasn't his wife or his partner-the plot thickens. Originally (1671) it described the plot of a play that was overly intricate, and by the late 1800s it was used for increasingly complex mysteries in detective stories.
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lose the plot

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone loses the plot, they become confused or crazy, or no longer know how to deal with a situation. Vikram's working so many hours as a junior doctor he's losing the plot completely and keeps mumbling about the people he's killed by falling asleep on the job. Famous people may be reluctant to link themselves with a store group that seems to have lost the fashion plot.
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the plot thickens

People say the plot thickens when a situation or series of events starts to become even more complicated or strange. The plot thickens when he finds diamonds worth 6m euros hidden in a box of salt in the dead man's room. At this point the plot thickened further. A link emerged between the attempt to kill the Pope and the kidnapping of the American. Note: This phrase was widely used in 19th century melodramas, or popular plays that involved extreme situations and extreme emotions, and is now used humorously
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lose the plot

lose your ability to understand what is happening; lose touch with reality. informal
1997 Spectator The truth is that we've lost the plot of great painting and have entered a new phase in which the criteria for judging work are…demonstrably shallow and trivial.
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the plot thickens

the situation becomes more difficult and complex.
This expression comes from The Rehearsal ( 1671 ), a burlesque drama by George Villiers , 2nd Duke of Buckingham: ‘now the plot thickens very much upon us’.
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lose the ˈplot

(British English, informal) lose your ability to understand or deal with what is happening: You should have seen Jimmy yesterday. I really thought he’d lost the plot! OPPOSITE: get your act together
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the plot ˈthickens

(often humorous) used to say that a situation is becoming more complicated and difficult to understand: Aha, so both Karen and Steve had the day off work yesterday? The plot thickens!
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plot against

v.
To establish a plan to overthrow or ruin someone or something: The spies plotted against the government.
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plot out

v.
1. To place something on a graph: The students plotted out the equation and determined that it was a parabola. We determined the coordinates and plotted them out on the graph.
2. To establish some plan, path, or course: We plotted out the best route through the mountains. The captain plotted the ship's course out on the chart.
3. To make a thorough analysis of some plan: The governor met with his top advisers to plot out a new strategy. Before we started the company, we spent six months just plotting it out.
See also: out, plot
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These small plots are the last place the deer (especially the bucks during the rut) visit before bedding in the morning and the first place they visit upon rising in the afternoon.
There is a shortage of plots of land in the Fatah and Wisad areas as many plots were distributed to Omanis living outside the area.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on October 22, 2013 had ordered a probe into the alleged mess in the allotment of HUDA plots meant for defence and paramilitary personnel.
He said that auction of commercial plot will bring a wave of business activities in the federal capital which would not only generate more employment opportunities but will also help flourish business momentum in the city.
We seriously recommend the regional countries to keep vigilant against these plots as getting involved in these plots will be harmful to those countries that stop onto these scenes," he warned.
The committee decided to hand over to the municipal councils the data containing information on vacant plots of lands in various regions along with their location maps.
Costs for plots are rising 10% from this year, adding up to pounds 12.
Currently plots of up to 200sqm are charged pounds 24, up to 300sqm units cost pounds 33 and up to 400 sqm are set at pounds 44.
On the second day of auction on Wednesday, CDA offered nine commercial plots for auction and out of them five were sold, which included three commercial plots of different sizes in Sector G-11, D-12 and I-16, a Class-III Shopping Centre plot in Sector G-11 and a commercial plot in Industrial and Trade Centre, G-10.
Centre manager Simon Millar said: "We have 44 GYO plots that we are renting out to gardeners wishing to grow their own food and we're keen to offer one to a community group for the members to use for free.
Eighteen public plots of land were put on the block, which attracted 153 tenders, the highest in two years, and 10 of them were sold successfully, for a rate of 55.
Plots were randomly assigned as follows: 2 controls (no ticks), 2 with 12 ticks each released in them, 2 with 25 each, and 2 with 50 ticks each.
The more clicks each plot receives the higher it is placed on the site, plots which are in the top three positions at midnight on December 31, 2007, 365 days after the competition starts, will share up to one million dollars or more.
Hays, NDSU agriculturalist, set up a series of 29 one-acre plots in 1892.