- a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, stratagem, or the like, intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.
- an optical illusion: It must have been some visual trick caused by the flickering candlelight.
- a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank: She likes to play tricks on her friends.
- a mean, foolish, or childish action.
- a clever or ingenious device or expedient; adroit technique: the tricks of the trade.
- the art or knack of doing something skillfully: You seem to have mastered the trick of making others laugh.
- a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.: He taught his dog some amazing tricks.
- a feat of magic or legerdemain: card tricks.
- a behavioral peculiarity; trait; habit; mannerism.
- a period of duty or turn; stint; tour of duty: I relieved the pilot after he had completed his trick at the wheel.
- the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
- a point or scoring unit.
- a card that is a potential winner.Compare honor trick.
- Informal. a child or young girl: a pretty little trick.
- a prostitute's customer.
- a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
- a preliminary sketch of a coat of arms.
- engraver's trick.
- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or involving tricks: trick shooting.
- designed or used for tricks: a trick chair.
- (of a joint) inclined to stiffen or weaken suddenly and unexpectedly: a trick shoulder.
- to practice trickery or deception; cheat.
- to play tricks; trifle (usually followed by with).
- Slang. to engage in sexual acts for hire.
- trick out, Informal. to embellish or adorn with or as if with ornaments or other attention-getting devices.
- do/turn the trick, to achieve the desired effect or result: Another turn of the pliers should do the trick.
- turn a trick, Slang. (of a prostitute) to engage in a sexual act with a customer.
Origin of trick
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Examples from the Web for trick
The trick has been to create nonstops from cities like Boston that were under-served.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
The trick is to be able to recognize the right one when it comes along.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The trick, in any case, was repeated semester after semester.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
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November 29, 2014
Think one small piece of pie or a half-cup of eggnog, says Zied, will do the trick.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work
November 27, 2014
After seeing this trick with blocks and toys, children saw it performed with a hamster.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
Clayton knew it very well, and the trick of examining the books was all a fudge.
Would you wish by trick or quibble to juggle me out of these last acres?
There are very many things which I cannot do, but there are also one or two which I have the trick of.
Now, the stool-pigeon in this trick is a swell English crook.Within the Law
But as we have nobody to act that part for us, I have decided upon playing him a trick of my own.The Imaginary Invalid
- a deceitful, cunning, or underhand action or plan
- a mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; jokethe boys are up to their tricks again
- (as modifier)a trick spider
- an illusory or magical feat or device
- a simple feat learned by an animal or person
- an adroit or ingenious device; knacka trick of the trade
- a behavioural trait, habit, or mannerism
- a turn or round of duty or work
- a batch of cards containing one from each player, usually played in turn and won by the player or side that plays the card with the highest value
- a card that can potentially win a trick
- can't take a trick Australian slang to be consistently unsuccessful or unlucky
- do the trick informal to produce the right or desired result
- how's tricks? slang how are you?
- turn a trick slang (of a prostitute) to gain a customer
- to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone), esp by means of a trick
Word Origin and History for trick
early 15c., "a cheat, a mean ruse," from Old North French trique "trick, deceit, treachery, cheating," from trikier "to deceive, to cheat," variant of Old French trichier, probably from Vulgar Latin *triccare, from Latin tricari "be evasive, shuffle," from tricæ "trifles, nonsense, a tangle of difficulties," of unknown origin.
Meaning "a roguish prank" is recorded from 1580s; sense of "the art of doing something" is first attested 1610s. Meaning "prostitute's client" is first attested 1915; earlier it was U.S. slang for "a robbery" (1865). Trick-or-treat is recorded from 1942.
1590s, from trick (v.). Related: Tricked; tricking. An earlier sense of "to dress, adorn" (c.1500) is perhaps a different word entirely.