from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Laid deeply; formed with cunning and sagacity; secretly and carefully planned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed with elaborate artifice: as, a deep-laid plot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. secretly and carefully planned


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  • What worried him was the wire-cutting; he could not but believe that it was an important part of the deep-laid labour conspiracy.


  • Mr. Sulzer, a Democrat, called his trial “a farce, a political lynching, the consummation of a deep-laid political conspiracy to oust me from office.”

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  • – Such is the foundation on which stands his pretensions to disinterestedness, which were only assumed to conceal the deep-laid projects of his ambition, and to deceive those whom he afterwards meant to enslave.

    Moniteur/Morning Chronicle

  • Evangelista as they conversed with Paul, endeavoring to detect some clew to the deep-laid plot which was beginning to appear upon the surface.

    A Marriage Contract

  • Unless he has some deep-laid scheme that I do not fathom, he isgiving up great advantages….

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • Look that warily then deep-laid in steady remembrance,

    Poems and Fragments

  • O how deep-laid are the mischiefs designed to fall on my devoted head! —


  • But what good angel prevented the execution of this deep-laid design?


  • ‘Henceforth, for Pamela’s sake, whenever I see a lovely face, will I mistrust a deceitful heart; and whenever I hear of the greatest pretences to innocence, will I suspect some deep-laid mischief.


  • While none of us comes to such an enterprise without deep-laid assumptions about necessary logical relations and compatibilities, we should at least hold before ourselves the constant injunction to mistrust all our unexamined preconceptions on these matters when dealing with comparative thought.



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