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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 (one)

To plot or conspire with one about something. What are you kids whispering about back there? You better not be conniving at something with each other! It turns out the company had connived at a major tax-evasion plan with other corporations from around the world.
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connive with (one)

To plot or conspire with one (about something). What are you kids whispering about back there? You better not be conniving with each other! I bet the CEO connived with the head of HR to have Tom removed.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If a conniver plays within the lines of the 35 percent rule, he or she will not win enough securities at the auction to control the secondary market.
She's seen as a gold-digger, a conniver who married Paul on the rebound from Linda and had an eye-and-a-half on the fortune of which some say he is over-fond.
Bilko ran the motor pool, but was the ultimate conman, cardsharp and conniver. His waking hours were one long scam.
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VERNON ta2 = conniver, convener, inventor, nonvoter, unproven, vigneron
Its main character is one Brandon Sladder, a young conniver from upstate New York who works his way up the ladder one backstab at a time until he becomes a certified Washington pundit-eminence.
To wrest his company from Komazawa's tenacious hands, a high-flying conniver named Okano manipulates a successful geisha into inveigling herself into a supervisory position-the average age of the workers was seventeen, and older employees served as parents and jailers manque- while incidentally gaining control of her previously saved finances.
Indeed, one of the bits of bogus speech that terrify Parolles is immediately translated into a threat typically used by Plautus to stymie the maneuvers of a slick conniver: "Portotartarossa.
But if that where all, then she would be nothing more than an egoistic conniver. However, she is also motivated by her sincere unwillingness to survive Antony.
But what proves disastrous in both the script and the direction by Sandier helming vet Dennis Dugan is how we're expected to accept Darren's utter blindness to the obvious fact that Judith, a shrink, is a cold-hearted conniver, one who calmly announces, "Darren is my puppet, and I'm his puppet master." While Wayne and J.D.
By the end of the Darman piece, we know that Bush's favored aide is a conniver with an appetite for Chicken McNuggets.
Sheridan in some ways has the harder part, playing the rube, then the honest soul, then the conniver. But he handles every permutation effectively, and he never stands in the shadow of the more charismatic Suthefland.
A conniver named San Pedro goes on trial for offering bribes to half the local power structure, a few cocaine cops have metastasized into a cocaine brigade, the county manager and other notables have been caught buying stolen suits, and the simple investor who gunned down his stockbroker turns out to be an ex-con with an alias, a gun bought with a credit card, and a curious pile of cash.
The connivers who promise these shining futures break plenty of eggs, as everyone knows, but the omelet never comes forth.
But the assertion's incredulity is betrayed by the fact that while seasoned politicians have lately been absolved from colluding with the communists, young and most likely immature and naive high-school and college students are being implicated as connivers.