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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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