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She is an innocent and ignorant of the danger from their machinations.
  typically plural:  a crafty and involved plot to achieve usually sinister ends; or the process of creating the plot
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  • She is an innocent and ignorant of the danger from their machinations.
  • Even the name of the wind was hidden from him by the clever machinations of his captors.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The machinations of archangels are beyond me.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Saul, to add to his innumerable problems, was not only Mrs. Brown’s major supplier of facts concerning the strange, incomprehensible machinations of my class, he was also a bed-wetter.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • In the late summer yet another of Snowball’s machinations was laid bare.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • If we go to them, you will be entangled in their politics and machinations.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I am Don Quixote of La Mancha, against whom your evil machinations avail not nor have any power.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He was performing now what is called a Schreierei—a consummate exhibition of passionate shouting—warning the crowd to be watchful, to be vigilant, to seek out and destroy the evil machinations plotting to infect the motherland with its deplorable ways.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul, and given over to the machinations of his deadliest enemy, the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale had achieved a brilliant popularity in his sacred office.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • She reminded Eragon of a kitten trying to bait an old tomcat into playing with her, only Glaedr remained impassive throughout her machinations.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • But through the whole period during which I was the slave of my creature I allowed myself to be governed by the impulses of the moment; and my present sensations strongly intimated that the fiend would follow me and exempt my family from the danger of his machinations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They were in possession of other indications; they laid hand on the three prowlers, and supposed that they had circumvented some one or other of Brujon’s machinations.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We have seen the best of our time: machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders follow us disquietly to our graves.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • I have sent a cable describing the wickedness of that infamous organization of Trotskyite murderers and their fascist machinations all beneath contempt but, between us, it is not very serious, the P.O.U.M. Nin was their only man.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • No, I only suspect he has warned the queen against some fresh machinations of the cardinal.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But Mrs. Morland knew so little of lords and baronets, that she entertained no notion of their general mischievousness, and was wholly unsuspicious of danger to her daughter from their machinations.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • For as to the strength of body, the weakest has strength enough to kill the strongest, either by secret machination, or by confederacy with others, that are in the same danger with himselfe.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The machinations of European powers and the funny mustached German dictator were as remote to our island in the fall of 1941 as Silas Marner, which sapped our energies through eighth-grade English.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Despite Emma’s explanations, as soon as the recitative duet began in which Gilbert lays bare his abominable machinations to his master Ashton, Charles, seeing the false troth-ring that is to deceive Lucie, thought it was a love-gift sent by Edgar.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It would be the first step, the first act, in a series of moves and machinations—most of them involving dumb, blind luck—that would give me what I was searching for.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Walter withstood a barrage of hostile questions and rose above Yutar’s petty machinations to explain our policy in clear and simple terms.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • But what he had seen at Perros, what he had heard behind the dressing-room door, his conversation with Christine at the edge of the moor made him suspect some machination which, devilish though it might be, was none the less human.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • The invention all admired, and each, how he To be the inventer missed; so easy it seemed Once found, which yet unfound most would have thought Impossible: Yet, haply, of thy race In future days, if malice should abound, Some one intent on mischief, or inspired With devilish machination, might devise Like instrument to plague the sons of men For sin, on war and mutual slaughter bent.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • That’s when we’ll appeal to his Far East expertise and the global consequences of Sheng’s and the taipans’ machinations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Where all the blame should rest, it is hard to say; whether the Bureau and the Bank died chiefly by reason of the blows of its selfish friends or the dark machinations of its foes, perhaps even time will never reveal, for here lies unwritten history.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Should the machinations of the horrible Mrs. Bute end, as she too much feared they would, in banishing everybody that Miss Crawley loved from her side, and leaving that poor lady a victim to those harpies at the Rectory, Rebecca besought her (Miss Briggs) to remember that her own home, humble as it was, was always open to receive Briggs.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Later, when the fatline call to pilgrimage came from Gladstone herself, I knew the role the Ousters had planned for me in these final days: the Ousters, or the Core, or Gladstone and her machinations.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The two men now went out on the platform, and Deerslayer swept the shore with the glass, while the Indian gravely turned his eye on the water and the woods, in quest of any sign that might betray the machinations of their enemies.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • John Quincy did not comprehend, after a lifetime in the thick of it, how our complicated Federal system of checks and balances operated; nor did he realize that what he regarded as Jefferson’s "machinations" was merely a facet of the latter’s genius applied with success to the art and science of Government.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • When Pansy kissed him before going to bed he returned her embrace with even more than his usual munificence, and Isabel wondered if he meant it as a hint that his daughter had been injured by the machinations of her stepmother.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • You would almost believe that Sutpen’s trip to New Orleans was just sheer chance, just a little more of the illogical machinations of a fatality which had chosen that family in preference to any other in the country or the land exactly as a small boy chooses one ant-hill to pour boiling water into in preference to any other, not even himself knowing why.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • This terrible item—this devil’s accident or machination that was constantly putting it before him! A most horrible crime, and one for which they electrocuted people if they were caught.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • However, I hope you will now amend, and gather so much experience from past errors, as not to defeat my wisest machinations by your blunders.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • All Sounis’s machinations to undermine the rule of Eddis had ceased.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Kells’s gang were all in Alder Creek and the dark machinations of the bandit leader had been put into operation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Through the machinations of his father, who was owed a favor by someone who knew someone, he had been granted a visa from Spain.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • What the world of America is coming to, and where the machinations and inventions of its people are to have an end, the Lord, he only knows.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • They knew that, and their machinations were conducted in secret; consequently, Madame Rigaud and I were brought into frequent and unfortunate collision.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Prendergast read widely and possessed a good grasp of the grip-car wrecks, murders, and City Hall machinations covered so fervently by the city’s newspapers.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The streets, ten years before raw clay, were being paved: Gant went into frenzies over the paving assessments, cursed the land, the day of his birth, the machinations of Satan’s children.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • When Pansy kissed him before going to bed he returned her embrace with even more than his usual munificence, and Isabel wondered if he meant it as a hint that his daughter had been injured by the machinations of her stepmother.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I and these gentlemen with me have formed a committee, the Amistad Committee, to ensure that the devilish machinations from the morally bankrupt presidential administration in Washington will not impede a just outcome for these poor African souls.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The mare breathed deep and sighed, letting her back sag, infinitely weary of all man’s paltry machinations, and Ben Hodge, servant of sunlit visions, whose heart was set on holiness—like the girl in the story his father told, who threw roses in the air—was silent.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • …part of the subject, this conclusion is to be drawn, that America, if not connected at all, or only by the feeble tie of a simple league, offensive and defensive, would, by the operation of such jarring alliances, be gradually entangled in all the pernicious labyrinths of European politics and wars; and by the destructive contentions of the parts into which she was divided, would be likely to become a prey to the artifices and machinations of powers equally the enemies of them all.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • There was the night ride of Tull’s, which, viewed in the light of subsequent events, had a look of his covert machinations; Oldring and his Masked Rider and his rustlers riding muffled horses; the report that Tull had ridden out that morning with his man Jerry on the trail to Glaze, the strange disappearance of Jane Withersteen’s riders, the unusually determined attempt to kill the one Gentile still in her employ, an intention frustrated, no doubt, only by Judkin’s magnificent riding…
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • ] To save my poor, innocent, trusting boy from the machinations of any other girl there are no lengths to which I would not go.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Too old to be dragged out of my home by the machinations of someone I thought was a friend.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Our machinations are subtle and allow little room for such errors.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It’s the machinations that wheel us there that aggravate, perplex, interest, and astound me.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • But I thought it was more important that we see each other than to resist the petty machinations of the authorities, and Winnie consented to carry a pass.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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