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I wanted to see you again, and I schemed to make you talk to me!

I schemed it out for a whole day, all on that five shillings you made me keep.

I plotted, and schemed, and intrigued to obtain access to information.

How I have longed for the day, how I have schemed and plotted for it!

For this he had toiled and struggled, contrived, plotted, and schemed for years long.

I have not schemed to win a pampered and voluptuous existence.

How he begged, schemed, plotted, and manoeuvered to regain my favor!

She had asked it, and schemed for it, and of course she did not fail.

There he was lonely and schemed to acquire the admiration of others.

Day and night since they had reached New York she had schemed for Nan.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").

The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.

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