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contriving

verb
present participle of contrive

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1 to create or think of by clever use of the imagination
  • contrived abstract metal sculptures using old household utensils

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2 to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends
  • the mischievous boys were always contriving and trying to pull the prank that would be the talk of the school

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“Contriving.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/contriving. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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