- 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.
- a prostitute's customer.
- a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
- a preliminary sketch of a coat of arms.
- engraver's trick.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of trick
Synonyms for trick
Related Words for trickmaneuver, fraud, deception, plot, ploy, ruse, hoax, conspiracy, trap, device, gimmick, distortion, illusion, accomplishment, antic, gag, stunt, shenanigan, feat, gift
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Contemporary Examples of 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
S. C. Gwynne
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
Historical Examples of trick
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 mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; jokethe boys are up to their tricks again
- (as modifier)a trick spider
- 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
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trick
- trick or treat
- trick out
- tricks of the trade
- bag of tricks
- confidence game (trick)
- dirty tricks
- do the trick
- hat trick
- how's tricks
- not miss a trick
- teach an old dog new tricks
- that does it (the trick)
- turn a trick
- up to one's old tricks