Through Vennes, religious investors poured money into what turned out to be a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
Picard added Merkin also ignored advice from one of his advisers—a convicted felon—that Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme.
Some college football programs have been successful with a two-quarterback scheme.
You fight and scheme and pray to get it, even while knowing fully that, like life itself, occupation is temporal.
On Dec. 10, 2008, Bernie told his family about the $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
You were planning to get away before I got wise to your scheme.
Then she unfolded a scheme by which, with Bart's savings and her own, they could start a laundry.
When he heard of the change he said in dismay: Will that affect my scheme?
He wondered if she had played any part in hatching the scheme.
Until I get this Mexican scheme on its feet I shall be going back and forth.
1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").
The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.
"devise a scheme," 1767 (earlier "reduce to a scheme," 1716), from scheme (n.). Related: Schemed; scheming.