schem·​ing | \ ˈskē-miŋ How to pronounce scheming (audio) \

Definition of scheming

: given to forming schemes especially : devious

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Examples of scheming in a Sentence

the novel is about an elderly man and his scheming son who is impatient to inherit the family fortune
Recent Examples on the Web Present: The feckless son, the haughty spoiled daughter, a faithful servant or two, the scheming brother, and perhaps an amateur detective who wanted to get a head-start on the investigation into the inevitable murder. Star Tribune, "Lileks: Wikipedia wants me to do what?," 2 May 2021 Could records of people’s immune status fall into the hands of a scheming demagogue and be used for authoritarian ends? James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Vaccine Passports Are Inevitable," 9 Apr. 2021 Jodie Foster kissed the scheming bisexual documentarian from The L Word while both wore pajamas and held a big dog. Rachel Handler, Vulture, "The Golden Globes Were an Edge-of-Your-Seat Psychological Thriller," 1 Mar. 2021 To make things even more complicated for the first family, there's a coup afoot; a scheming general is also working behind the scenes to snatch Akeem's throne right from under him. Ineye Komonibo,, "You Can Relax Now — The Coming To America Sequel Actually Looks Hilarious," 3 Feb. 2021 The idea that a bunch of scheming liberals are really pulling the strings behind what’s playing out publicly is exactly the kind of thing that QAnoners and other hard-right factions genuinely believe. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "What American Horror Story: Cult Got Right — and Very Wrong — About the Trump Era," 1 Feb. 2021 For four seasons starting in 1989, the series followed Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a scheming but charismatic student whose cool status was cemented by a brick cellphone. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Saved by the Bell': Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley are so excited for reboot. Will their characters reunite?," 24 Nov. 2020 And who could forget black cat Salem, who provides many comedic moments through all of his scheming plots? Kathleen Christiansen,, "TV shows to watch throughout the Halloween season," 29 Sep. 2020 There will now be two games of tape for opponents to see what Tucker has changed, which makes counter-scheming foes critical for him and his assistants. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football mailbag: What to do with Matt Allen, Elijah Collins going forward," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of scheming

1741, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2021

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“Scheming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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