Picard added Merkin also ignored advice from one of his advisers—a convicted felon—that Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme.
You fight and scheme and pray to get it, even while knowing fully that, like life itself, occupation is temporal.
The main reason for the failure of my scheme was that I had myself become addictively hooked on Evelyn Waugh.
Squaring perfectly with the defense, Madoff insisted that he alone knew he was running a Ponzi scheme.
I spend my free time devising a scheme that will ultimately convince my parents to let me see the show.
You were planning to get away before I got wise to your scheme.
The laughter and talk were as little subdued as the scheme of the rooms.
When he heard of the change he said in dismay: Will that affect my scheme?
They catalogued Dick's virtues, and then Viviette unfolded her scheme.
Until I get this Mexican scheme on its feet I shall be going back and forth.
1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").
The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.
"devise a scheme," 1767 (earlier "reduce to a scheme," 1716), from scheme (n.). Related: Schemed; scheming.