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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCHEMES

A thousand schemes were afloat in his mind about the future, of the most improbable kind.

It has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of you, or with our schemes for money-making.

John had not thought of leaving women out of his schemes and plans.

I thank you for disclosing your schemes, which I am now prepared for.

That your schemes are known to man, and overthrown by Heaven.

And how could Harry Ormond hurt his interest, or cross his schemes?

I have a thousand reveries and schemes about them, and their future destiny.

To do this they have to resort to schemes which hide their identity.

He wondered what her schemes were, though he could not take them seriously.

The directors were inundated with schemes of all sorts for facilitating locomotion.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.