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