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1[mass noun] Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy in order to deceive others:‘the armed forces were working in collusion with drug traffickers’
conspiracy, connivance, complicity, intrigue, plotting, secret understanding, collaboration, schemingView synonyms
- ‘Most people in Hong Kong work for or own some kind of businesses, and they don't see any collusion between government and business.’
- ‘But experience has shown that this kind of cooperation often leads to collusion between the two sides.’
- ‘Viewed in this light, I believe that collusion between the terrorists and the news media is quite possible.’
- ‘Competition between elites is too easily turned into collusion between plunderers.’
- ‘The minister alleged the report was done in collusion with dissidents inside and outside the country.’
- ‘As such, it was thought that codes could only be cracked if there was collusion between two high-level bank employees.’
- ‘Mason points out that accusations of collusion between the two companies were nothing new.’
- ‘I'm beginning to think she's in collusion with the police.’
- ‘Charges of corruption, Mafia collusion and bribery seem not to have dented his appeal.’
- ‘In addition, there are cases in which the bank suspects collusion between the customer and the payee of the erroneously debited amount.’
- ‘On the other, niche diagnoses have proliferated, apparently as a result of collusion between experts and the pharmaceutical industry.’
- ‘He suggested there was collusion between objectors, due to similarities in some letters sent to the council.’
- ‘It is a blatant conflict of interest and misappropriation of funds, as well as possible collusion and conspiracy to commit fraud.’
- ‘So this may be a chance to hit at the corrupt collusion between government and business people.’
- ‘Obviously, it was a case of collusion between the state and the lawbreaking ruffians.’
- ‘There was widespread collusion between bank officials and customers.’
- ‘Perhaps we might, for the first time, see collusion between the baseball owners and the Players Union.’
- ‘If discrimination is not challenged then we are effectively in collusion with the perpetrators of such behaviour.’
- ‘The collusion between provincial bodies, timber bosses and community members played a key role in the illegal business, he said.’
- ‘He saw no point in complaining to the union because, in his experience, the union acted in collusion with the management.’
- 1.1Law Collusion between ostensible opponents in a lawsuit.
- ‘He should, it is said, have directed the jury on the issues to which the evidence was relevant, and warned the jury against the possibility of collusion.’
- ‘There is no suggestion that the evidence of the three witnesses is tainted with collusion.’
- ‘If a trial judge makes an affirmative finding of collusion, then the petition for divorce must be refused.’
- ‘As to the possibility of collusion, the judge provided a specific example.’
- ‘Did the trial judge draw from this the inference that there had been collusion?’
Late Middle English: from Latin collusio(n-), from colludere have a secret agreement (see collude).
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