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Idioms about trick

    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

1375–1425; late Middle English trik (noun) <Old North French trique deceit, derivative of trikier to deceive <Vulgar Latin *triccāre, for Latin trīcārī to play tricks

synonym study for trick

1. Trick , artifice , ruse , stratagem , wile are terms for crafty or cunning devices that are intended to deceive. Trick , the general term, refers usually to an underhanded act designed to cheat someone, but it sometimes refers merely to a pleasurable deceiving of the senses: to win by a trick. Like trick , but to a greater degree, artifice emphasizes the cleverness, ingenuity, or cunning with which the proceeding is devised: an artifice of diabolical ingenuity. Ruse and stratagem emphasize the purpose for which the trick is designed; ruse is the more general term of the two, and stratagem sometimes implies a more elaborate procedure or a military application: He gained entrance by a ruse. His stratagem gave them command of the hill. W ile emphasizes the disarming effect of the trick upon those who are deceived: His wiles charmed them into trusting him. 18. See cheat.

OTHER WORDS FROM trick

tricker, nountrick·ing·ly, adverbouttrick, verb (used with object)un·tricked, adjective
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How to use trick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for trick

trick
/ (trɪk) /

noun
verb
to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone), esp by means of a trick

Derived forms of trick

tricker, nountrickless, adjective

Word Origin for trick

C15: from Old Northern French trique, from trikier to deceive, from Old French trichier, ultimately from Latin trīcārī to play tricks
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