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Synonyms for counterplot

a plot intended to subvert another plot


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make a plot in response to another plot

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At the same time, moreover, he calls attention to the vigorous, even violent, male counterplotting triggered by a wife's efforts to monitor her husband's extramarital mating activities.
(22.) On the "counterplotting" of emperors' mothers in Tacitus, see O'Gorman 2000, 122-43.
In a world where there are very few people she can trust, she is hungry for advice (at one particularly complicated moment in the plotting and counterplotting she almost entreats--'my head reels--for God's sake give me your advice').
(Which, of course, is exactly the point of the joke: the statement about mutual sensitivity, caring, and understanding is literally incomprehensible.) Or think of the "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" episode from the fifth season of Friends, in which Phoebe and Rachel plot to play a practical joke on Chandler and Monika, but then the plotting and counterplotting get slightly of out hand.
But they would no longer be allowed to engage in self-serving tinkering, plotting and counterplotting.