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All machination synonyms

mach·i·na·tion
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noun machination

  • stratagem — a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
  • conspiracy — Conspiracy is the secret planning by a group of people to do something illegal.
  • ploy — a maneuver or stratagem, as in conversation, to gain the advantage.
  • intrigue — to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
  • ruse — a city in N Bulgaria, on the Danube.
  • dodge — to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
  • cabal — If you refer to a group of politicians or other people as a cabal, you are criticizing them because they meet and decide things secretly.
  • sellout — an act or instance of selling out.
  • practice — habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice.
  • trick — a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
  • design — When someone designs a garment, building, machine, or other object, they plan it and make a detailed drawing of it from which it can be built or made.
  • artifice — Artifice is the clever use of tricks and devices.
  • device — A device is an object that has been invented for a particular purpose, for example for recording or measuring something.
  • scheme — a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.
  • skullduggery — skulduggery.
  • plotting — a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.
  • maneuvering — a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
  • scheming — given to making plans, especially sly and underhand ones; crafty.
  • planning — a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance: battle plans.
  • manoeuvre — a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
  • maneuver — a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
  • plot — a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.
  • practise — habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice.
  • dirty work — disagreeable, often tedious tasks.
  • monkey business — frivolous or mischievous behavior.
  • song and dance — a story or statement, especially an untrue or misleading one designed to evade the matter at hand: Every time he's late, he gives me a song and dance about oversleeping.
  • on the make — to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.: to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
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