contrive

When you contrive, you make a plan or a plot. It may take you longer to contrive your way out of doing your homework than would to actually do it.

Even though contrive often has a false or cunning feel to it, it is not always a bad thing. Mental effort is always required though, as contrive is often used in connection with inventing schemes and plans to make something happen. Contraption, a complicated mysterious device that does something, is related to contrive. Have you ever seen a Rube Goldberg contraption? When you contrive to do something, your plan may end up being that complicated.

Definitions of contrive
  1. verb
    make or work out a plan for; devise
    “They contrived to murder their boss”
    synonyms: design, plan, project
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    plot
    devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
    concert
    contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
    map, map out
    plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
    strategize
    devise a strategy, plan, or course of action
    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  2. verb
    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    synonyms: devise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent
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    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  3. verb
    put or send forth
    synonyms: cast, project, throw
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    types:
    shoot
    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
    type of:
    direct, send
    cause to go somewhere
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