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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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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.

  (humorous)
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.
See lose the plot
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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

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.
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6, instead of plotting MMC, we plotted the corresponding optimum decision threshold on the z-axis for the apoB/A test.
Hence, measurements of changes in modulus from aging can be plotted logarithmically at each temperature.
Each should be evaluated and plotted in terms of its attractiveness and the firm's ability to compete in that market.
Four (4) uncovered diopside grains deemed as being mantle-derived were plotted on the Kosmochlor-Jadeite axis which discriminates these pyroxene minerals in diamond-exploration chemistry.
The Windows-based Organizer interface imports one or many drawing files into a plot set, allowing several files to be plotted with a single submission without having to involve the MicroStation or AutoCAD applications.
Improved methods of specifying the area to be plotted guarantee all the data will be captured.