One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his opponents contrived a cabinet crisis’
bring about, engineer, cause to happen, manufacture, orchestrate, stage-manage, create
devise, concoct, construct, design, formulate, plan, work out, think up, dream up, come up with, fabricate, plot, hatch
informal wangle, set up, cook up
2‘Lomax contrived to bump into him as he left the house’
manage, find a way, engineer a way, arrange
informal work it, swing it
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