scheme, conspiracy, cabal, machination, plan, secret arrangement, complication, ruse, artifice, design, dodge, contrivance, collusion, maneuver, maneuvering, manipulation, double-dealing, secret plot, wire-pulling*, deal*, game*; see also plot 1, trick 1.
A secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:cabal, collusion, connivance, conspiracy, machination, plot, scheme. See crimes, planned verb
To work out a secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:collude, connive, conspire, machinate, plot, scheme. See crimes, planned
To arouse the interest and attention of:attract, interest. (Slang) turn on. See excite