He must contrive to keep his family alive as he strategizes.
That made me think, maybe they can contrive to do something similar on the mandate.
There are thousands of ways to contrive a weapon that's at least as dangerous a two-inch hobby knife.
The Republicans contrive new ways every day to get less popular.
And the best way would be, to contrive some means of making her behaviour recoil upon her own head.
You little witch, how did you contrive to make a fool of a man like me!
And when we learn better to enjoy ourselves, then do we unlearn best to give pain unto others, and to contrive pain.
If you, Mr. Temple, can contrive to pass this week at Mr. Percy's, let me not detain you.
What if, by some means or other, I contrive to get the jewel from the old woman?
contrive to be in the garden, in disguise, if possible, and unseen by your young lady.
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.