Riley eventually secured freedom for his men by tricking a slave-owner.
This can be associated with the idea of the dead as tricking those and hurting those who have hurt them.
I am not wronged at all; but there is a tricking and false heart within me, that still playeth Christ foul play.
How she had played with him, tricking him, fooling him, outwitting him—and yet loving him.
The old teacher listened without moving, her first thought being that her fancy was tricking her.
Once more, Polyphme, you are tricking, you seek all sorts of evasions.
We presently discovered that they were as expert thieves and as tricking in their exchanges, as any people we had yet met with.
He is tricking me, I do believe; and to-day too, just when I was so dull and lonely.
“I did prevent Clyde Blake from tricking a number of people in this community,” Penny acknowledged.
Once outside they might have a chance of outrunning or tricking their pursuers.
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.