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brew a plot

To conspire; to devise a secret plan. What are you kids whispering about back there? You better not be brewing a plot! My siblings and I are brewing a plot to surprise our parents with a trip for their anniversary.
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lose the plot

1. To act in a disorganized, chaotic, or irrational manner. Primarily heard in UK. Roger seems to have lost the plot ever since his wife died. I'm sorry about last night. I had one too many drinks and just lost the plot.
2. To lose focus on one's primary objective, principle, or task. Our co-op had a really promising start, but we started catering to individuals too much instead and eventually lost the plot.
See also: lose, plot

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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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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lose the plot

COMMON If someone loses the plot, they become confused or crazy, or no longer know how to deal with a situation. Vikram's working so many hours as a junior doctor he's losing the plot completely and keeps mumbling about the people he's killed by falling asleep on the job. Famous people may be reluctant to link themselves with a store group that seems to have lost the fashion plot.
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the plot thickens

People say the plot thickens when a situation or series of events starts to become even more complicated or strange. The plot thickens when he finds diamonds worth 6m euros hidden in a box of salt in the dead man's room. At this point the plot thickened further. A link emerged between the attempt to kill the Pope and the kidnapping of the American. Note: This phrase was widely used in 19th century melodramas, or popular plays that involved extreme situations and extreme emotions, and is now used humorously
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plot against

To establish a plan to overthrow or ruin someone or something: The spies plotted against the government.
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plot out

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.
See also: out, plot
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If the plot is only 3035 yards wide, he will be within range of your stand when he comes past, even if he is on the other side.
There is a shortage of plots of land in the Fatah and Wisad areas as many plots were distributed to Omanis living outside the area.
Haryana Police has booked 379 defence officers, paramilitary officers and others who allegedly owned more than one plot under the housing scheme launched by HUDA.
He said that targeting the political trend in Iraq is actually a part of the broader plot against the region which is known as the Greater Middle-East plan and aimed to pressure the countries which are in the resistance front against Israel and the US.
A spokesman said: "From October 2013, new allotment charges will more closely reflect the size of the plot.
People with plots from 301sqm to 400sqm, who currently pay pounds 96, will have to find between pounds 33 and pounds 76 extra.
Relief that a major terrorist plot had been foiled tempered passenger irritation with delays lasting as long as 3 hr.
Recognizing the need to augment face-to-face training methods, the Mycogen Seeds Agronomy Services team broke new ground last year when it created the Virtual Plot Tour (VPT) alternative learning program.
Of these income sources, the cemetery plot is the most valuable and has the most meaning for families.
Plots dosed with the most sulfate produced only 58 percent as much methane as did plots that didn't get additional sulfate.
The secondary plot involves a possible love angle (Jamilla, a detective in California) and a grandmother who has been mother to Alex and his children.
to the translation Duprat offers a thorough and often brilliant analysis of De constitutione showing that what Heinsius most wants his readers to learn from Aristotle is that plot structure and nothing but that determines the effectiveness with which tragedy achieves its function (of exciting pity and horror in order, ultimately, to regulate them).
There are several plot flaws, mostly chronological, largely do to the fact that it was published originally as a series.