scheme

A scheme is an elaborate plan or plot. It's going to take a really solid scheme, probably involving teleportation or some sort of temporary cloning, to make an appearance at both parties at once.

Scheme comes to us from the Latin word for "figure." And it's still used today to refer to a set of drawings and figures used to map out something. Or maybe you’ve heard people talk about something in the scheme of life." In that case they're talking about something that fits into the bigger picture. But don't forget that schemes often carry a negative connotation — the word brings to mind devious plans and secret plots organized by scheming bad guys.

Definitions of scheme
  1. noun
    an elaborate and systematic plan of action
    synonyms: strategy
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    contrivance, dodge, stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
    counterterrorism
    a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
    game plan
    (sports) a plan for achieving an objective in some sport
    game plan
    (figurative) a carefully thought out strategy for achieving an objective in war or politics or business or personal affairs
    bubble, house of cards
    a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
    playbook
    a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign
    game, plot, secret plan
    a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
    pyramid scheme
    a fraudulent scheme in which people are recruited to make payments to the person who recruited them while expecting to receive payments from the persons they recruit; when the number of new recruits fails to sustain the hierarchical payment structure the scheme collapses with most of the participants losing the money they put in
    waiting game
    a strategy of delay
    wheeze
    (Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick
    incentive program, incentive scheme
    a formal scheme for inducing someone (as employees) to do something
    plant
    something planted secretly for discovery by another
    pump-and-dump scheme
    an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises
    wangle, wangling
    an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
    counterplan, counterplot
    a plot intended to subvert another plot
    intrigue, machination
    a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
    cabal, conspiracy
    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
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    plan of action
    a plan for actively doing something
  2. noun
    a schematic or preliminary plan
    synonyms: outline, schema
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    plan, program, programme
    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
  3. noun
    a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
    synonyms: dodge, dodging
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    falsehood, falsity, untruth
    a false statement
  4. noun
    a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
    synonyms: system
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    language system
    a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language
    judicatory, judicature, judicial system, judiciary
    the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government
    economic system, economy
    the system of production and distribution and consumption
    ecosystem
    a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
    social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure
    the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
    dragnet
    a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals)
    machinery
    a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions
    network, web
    an interconnected system of things or people
    nonlinear system
    a system whose performance cannot be described by equations of the first degree
    subsystem
    a system that is part of some larger system
    organism
    a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body
    syntax
    a systematic orderly arrangement
    body
    a collection of particulars considered as a system
    shebang
    an entire system; used in the phrase `the whole shebang'
    solar system
    the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
    water system
    a river and all of its tributaries
    root system, rootage
    a developed system of roots
    monolith
    a system or organized structure that is large, uniform, and powerful
    media
    systems of mass communications (including publishing, broadcast news, and the internet) considered collectively
    reticulum
    any fine network (especially one in the body composed of cells or blood vessels)
    accentual system, prosodic system
    the system of accentuation used in a particular language
    morphophonemic system
    the morphophonemics of a particular language
    phonemic system
    the system of phonemes recognized in a language
    phonologic system, phonological system
    the system of phones used in a particular language
    syllabicity
    the pattern of syllable formation in a particular language
    tense system
    a system of tenses used in a particular language
    feudal system, feudalism
    the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
    patriarchate, patriarchy
    a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
    matriarchate, matriarchy
    a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
    meritocracy
    a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
    Federal Judiciary
    the judiciary of the United States which is responsible for interpreting and enforcing federal laws
    industrialism
    an economic system built on large industries rather than on agriculture or craftsmanship
    free enterprise, free market, laissez-faire economy, market economy, private enterprise
    an economy that relies chiefly on market forces to allocate goods and resources and to determine prices
    mixed economy
    an economic system that combines private and state enterprises
    non-market economy
    an economy that is not a market economy
    state capitalism
    an economic system that is primarily capitalistic but there is some degree of government ownership of the means of production
    state socialism
    an economic system in which the government owns most means of production but some degree of private capitalism is allowed
    pluralism
    a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated
    class structure
    the organization of classes within a society
    segregation, separatism
    a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
    espionage network
    a network of spies
    old boy network
    an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics)
    support system
    a network of facilities and people who interact and remain in informal communication for mutual assistance; a network that enables you to live in a certain style
    pastoralism
    a social and economic system based on raising and herding livestock
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    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  5. noun
    an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world
    synonyms: schema
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    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
  6. verb
    devise a system or form a scheme for
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    plan
    make plans for something
  7. verb
    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
    synonyms: connive, intrigue
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    plot
    plan secretly, usually something illegal
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