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Sunday, March 19, 2000

collude

\kuh-LOOD\ , intransitive verb;
1.
To act in concert; to conspire; to plot.
Quotes:
More perniciously still, well-heeled contributors and interest groups that seek political power routinely collude with needy office-seekers to find new paths around the hollow contribution limits.
-- Max Frankel, "You Can't Dam the Money", New York Times Magazine, February 20, 2000
Jane reflexively accommodates my fears and desires, as I do hers; together, man and wife, we collude in a mutual conspiracy to shelter and protect one another from our own and each other's inevitable and final abandonment.
-- Donald Antrim, The Verificationist
Chance contingencies, millions of them, bring him to power, and all men now seem to collude in asserting his authority.
-- Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Origin:
Collude derives from Latin colludere, from con-, "together" + ludere, "to play."
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