connive at


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Verb1.connive at - give one's silent approval to
encourage, promote, further, boost, advance - contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

connive

verb
To work out a secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
phrasal verb
connive at
To pretend not to see:
References in classic literature ?
why do you thus so cruelly connive at the projected Misery of her and of yourself by delaying to communicate that scheme which had doubtless long possessed your imagination?
Thou must connive at her escape, Malvoisin, and I will transport her to some place of greater security and secrecy.
Well, now, to continue our supposititious case, the couple--not necessarily a guilty couple--realize after the murderer is gone that they have placed themselves in a position in which it may be difficult for them to prove that they did not themselves either do the deed or connive at it.