Is that mass of cream cheese you put on a bagel a schemer or a shmeer?
And, second, how can he bust a drug dealer and a Ponzi schemer without endangering Rita and Mitzi?
In the strange case of alleged Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford, a new bit player has emerged.
He felt like loving the speaker; that is, provided the schemer had been capable of liking anybody but himself.
I'm a schemer too, Mister Asgill, only—one at a time, one at a time!
I was indeed always a schemer and projector, but never could engage much in detail.
Circumstances have made me, as you see, a politician, a schemer if you like.
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
You came here clandestinely to tamper like a schemer with my child.
There is a touch of heredity in this:—'You're nothing but a schemer like your seven generations before you.'
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.