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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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If it's not conniving Gabriel Kent plotting nastiness, it's rank bad yin Phil Hunter signing a colleague's death warrant with the local Mr Big.
Kyle Browne, aged 21, spent five months with Rebecca Loos in London and said it was not in her nature to be conniving.
Dreyfuss will star as the conniving Max Bialystock and Evans will play his nerdy sidekick Leo Bloom.
With no heir to the throne, the deliciously conniving and sluttish Barbara (Helen McCrory) is hoping her illegitimate son will one day be king, even though the randy royal now has his eye on the demure Lady Frances (Alice Patten).
With their energies devoted to working out strategies of defiance, such as how to show more hair, or to conduct secret meetings with the opposite sex, grown women are forced into a permanent state of adolescent conniving.
The IRS has the power to approve rewards for information leading to the detection and punishment of persons who are guilty of violating, or conniving to violate, any civil or criminal tax law.
In mid-June they all ran articles depicting Aristide as a conniving demagogue who advocates foolish policies.
Captured for no reason by some nearby police, Jim is hauled to a photographer's tent to have his picture taken for a national police "Rogue's Gallery" with a tag around his neck reading THE CONNIVING UNCLE TOM.
Mitchett, who unhappily marries Little Aggie, a naive young woman steered into the marriage by her conniving aunt, the Duchess.
At the opposite pole of behavior are the lusty Amarillis and Cloe, for whom no lover is too forward, and the conniving lechery of the Sullen Shepherd.
Summary: Agartala (Tripura) [India], Feb 14 (ANI): Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday hit out at the alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), saying that both the parties are conniving to wipe off the state from the history.
If he's talking about a private conversation between myself and a resource person and he's not supposed to know anything about it unless these people are conniving with the Vice President .
It is clear that the government is conniving with the militias for demographic changes and to prevent the people from participating in the coming parliamentary elections", he elaborated.
Gen (Retd) Shahid Aziz has expressed his conditional willingness to undergo a conditional self-trail, alongwith his other conniving associates, on charges of 12/10/99 coup against a constitutional government.