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cantrip

[kahn-trip] /ˈkɑn trɪp/
noun
1.
Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
2.
Chiefly British. artful shamming meant to deceive.
Origin of cantrip
1710-1720
1710-20; apparently dissimilated variant of Old English calcatrippe; see caltrop
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  • What if the extremities were blue after all, and cantrip right?

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • Lady cantrip wanted to ask me something about it, and so I went down.

    The Duke's Children

    Anthony Trollope
  • I remember how cantrip almost cried when he told me you were going to leave him.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope
  • He could not, however, make Lord cantrip understand the whole truth.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope
  • Gresham and cantrip with their own friends can hardly make a Ministry as things are now unless Mr. Monk will join them.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • cantrip, kan′trip, n. a freak or wilful piece of trickery: a witch's spell.

  • When the new vicar went to cantrip he found Church matters in a very primitive state.

  • That exceedingly intelligent young nobleman Lord cantrip was in earnest.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope
  • There is Lady Clarence—the one in light blue and swansdown—and Mrs. cantrip—she was the beauty last season.

  • Nevertheless Lady cantrip kept her eyes open, and when the letter came from Tregear she was aware that the letter had come.

    The Duke's Children

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for cantrip

cantrip

/ˈkæntrɪp/
noun
1.
a magic spell
2.
(often pl) a mischievous trick
adjective
3.
(of an effect) produced by black magic
Word Origin
C18: Scottish, of unknown origin
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