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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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While announcing the sack, Governor Oshiomhole expressed regrets that engineers attached to the state Ministry of Works connive with contractors to cheat the state and vowed that the government will sack any government engineer found wanting.
The ``Road'' pictures - respectively, ``Road to Singapore'' (1940), ``Road to Zanzibar'' (1941), ``Road to Morocco'' (1942), ``Road to Utopia'' (1946), ``Road to Rio'' (1948), ``Road to Bali'' (1953) and ``Road to Hong Kong'' (1962) - projected a breezy, ``We can handle (or connive our way out of) any fix'' assurance.
She will happily see the nation of Wales reduced to the status of a region and will connive with the Spanish Right when it is felt that this will best serve New Labour's electoral interests.
Fate's Silver bracelets) Can I connive at the window's tears?
While in Vietnam, Timberg writes, it was "inconceivable" to Webb "that the nation could be at war and tens of thousands of men his own age might connive to avoid it, knowing all the while that other young men of similar promise and equally lofty dreams risked living out their futures in darkness.
I saw that there were people who will connive against innovation.
Greenland and Klein act together and connive solely to increase their wealth and personal power.