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They are conniving to get government contracts in return for campaign contributions.
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  • They are conniving to get government contracts in return for campaign contributions.
  • stop those who connive to steal state secrets
  • No strange robber, no treacherous host conniving at the plunder of his guests, or stealing to their beds to kill them in their sleep, no nightly prowler, however terrible and cruel, could have awakened in her bosom half the dread which the recognition of her silent visitor inspired.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • And, with Red Dillon, a world of noisy saloons, smoky pool halls, ratty little hotels, fly-specked chili parlors, conniving bettors.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

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  • ...he said it was a good Bible lesson; that you was to watch out for conniving women who tried to git ye drunk.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Their lives are a list of shortcomings: the unappreciative boyfriend, the extra ten pounds, the dismissive boss, the conniving sister, the straying husband.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Yes, she was conniving when it came to the competition, but that was her being desperate.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Into the details of the infamy at which I thus 92) connived (for even now I can scarce grant that I committed it) I have no design of entering; I mean but to point out the warnings and the successive steps with which my chastisement approached.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Bless his conniving little heart, Cecil Markowitz tried his best, but he kept throwing off my rhythm section with his spastic clapping and terrible air mic noises.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It was certainly not the dull, drab mess of crystal that the conniving harlot wore.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • The older one is an unpleasant conniver like her mother and the younger one is a simpleton.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • "B’gettin’ his own self a lizzard, mebbe, mebbe," he answered, but there was something conniving in his voice.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • It would require a lot of conniving, she said, would require a lot of things which she knew Sophie would instinctively shrink from.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Haley saw that I hesitated about selling this child, and he’ll think I connived at it, to get him out of the way.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him… if I connived at something like this, frankly I couldn’t meet his eye, and the day I can’t do that I’ll know I’ve lost him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • You connived with her!
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Changes had crept in, Marilla conniving at them resignedly, until it was as sweet and dainty a nest as a young girl could desire.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • CREON Not to connive at disobedience.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Your kindness may be meanness now, and your bleak honesty fretful and conniving.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It was a side he would show no one but his victims, or those who connived with him.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The maroon had connived at his escape in a shore boat some hours ago, and he now assured us he had only done so to preserve our lives, which would certainly have been forfeit if "that man with the one leg had stayed aboard."
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • This is not to say that he was a conniving husband.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • You and the north wind had connived, sent gales against that man, brewed up sea-perils for him, driven him over the salt waste to Kos Island.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They connive, and complain and frustrate one to the utmost.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Do our laws connive at them?
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • She bowed her head, vanishing from him under her conniving hat-brim.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Thou must connive at her escape, Malvoisin, and I will transport her to some place of greater security and secrecy.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It was her conniving that helped Jacob steal the blessing from his brother.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • In the gayest and happiest spirits she set forward with her father; not always listening, but always agreeing to what he said; and, whether in speech or silence, conniving at the comfortable persuasion of his being obliged to go to Randalls every day, or poor Mrs. Weston would be disappointed.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we may do anything extempore.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • She had been made awkward by her not wishing to receive the news in too cavalier a fashion or to seem to have connived and Polly had been made awkward not merely because allusions of that kind always made her awkward but also because she did not wish it to be thought that in her wise innocence she had divined the intention behind her mother’s tolerance.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • On one side he could see the Imperium, a Harkonnen called Feyd-Rautha who flashed toward him like a deadly blade, the Sardaukar raging off their planet to spread pogrom on Arrakis, the Guild conniving and plotting, the Bene Gesserit with their scheme of selective breeding.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Dishonesty and conniving for ill gain are unknown.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Something conniving lay veiled behind her dark eyes.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • These forces sought to ignite a war between the ANC and Inkatha, and I believe many members of Inkatha connived at this as well.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It seems unlikely in the last degree that he should connive at the abduction of the son of the house.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The Empress of the West would connive for power, but the Empress of the East was good and kind and full of light.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • …theft, and therefore seldom fail to punish it with death; for they allege, that care and vigilance, with a very common understanding, may preserve a man’s goods from thieves, but honesty has no defence against superior cunning; and, since it is necessary that there should be a perpetual intercourse of buying and selling, and dealing upon credit, where fraud is permitted and connived at, or has no law to punish it, the honest dealer is always undone, and the knave gets the advantage.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • This was exactly what Sir Thomas and Edmund had been separately conniving at, as each proved to the other by the sympathetic alacrity with which they both advised Mrs. Norris’s continuing where she was, instead of rushing out into the hall as soon as the noises of the arrival reached them.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Or, if I chose to be a lawyer, I wouldn’t need to be a mere ambulance chaser, shyster, or birdseed wiseguy and conniver in two-bit cases.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The world who have already censured the regard I have shown for you may think, with some colour at least of justice, that I connive at so base and barbarous an action—an action of which you must have known my abhorrence: and which, had you had any concern for my ease and honour, as well as for my friendship, you would never have thought of undertaking.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I do not comprehend what you mean by your ’casting about,’ or by ’the bending and handling things so dexterously that, if they go not well, they may go as little ill as may be;’ for in courts they will not bear with a man’s holding his peace or conniving at what others do: a man must barefacedly approve of the worst counsels and consent to the blackest designs, so that he would pass for a spy, or, possibly, for a traitor, that did but coldly approve of such wicked practices; and…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Have all the plaster golems in the cheder connived to read in relays?
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • A cruel, conniving thing you are, David Menlo!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Well, Bree and I decide no way will the conniver make us run.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • If you fail to punish me, men will believe that we connived together to free Jaime Lannister.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Too long this world of ours has connived at evil, too long has it counted on the divine mercy, on God’s forgiveness.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Still keeping Mundt’s identity a close secret, they connived at Riemeck’s enlistment and enabled indirect contact to be established between Mundt and the Berlin command.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • "Yesterday I sent you a two-pound box of candy for your birthday…… " A later generation, with hindsight’s infallible judgment, found the atomic bombing easy to condemn as a crime in which we had all connived, if only subconsciously.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • By oldest right, by the divine affinity of virtue with itself, I find them, or rather, not I, but the Deity in me and in them, both deride and cancel the thick walls of individual character, relation, age, sex and circumstance, at which he usually connives, and now makes many one.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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