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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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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.
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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.
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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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the plot thickens

something has become more complicated or interesting The plot thickens as police investigate dozens of deaths at a California hospital.
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lose the plot

  (British & Australian humorous)
to become crazy I was waking up in the middle of the night, not knowing who I was or where I was. I really thought I was losing the plot.
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The plot thickens.

something that you say when something happens which makes a strange situation even more difficult to understand I had assumed the Irishman who keeps phoning June was her husband, but it seems her husband is American. The plot thickens.
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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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plot against

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

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.
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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.