All machination synonyms
- 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.