Nearby words

  1. trichrome stain,
  2. trichromic,
  3. trichuriasis,
  4. trichuris,
  5. tricipital,
  6. trick cyclist,
  7. trick ending,
  8. trick knee,
  9. trick or treat,
  10. trick out

Idioms

    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

Related formstrick·er, nountrick·ing·ly, adverbout·trick, verb (used with object)un·tricked, adjective

Synonym study

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for trick

trick

noun

a deceitful, cunning, or underhand action or plan
  1. a mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; jokethe boys are up to their tricks again
  2. (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
cards
  1. 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
  2. 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

verb

to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone), esp by means of a trick
Derived Formstricker, 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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Word Origin and History for trick
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Idioms and Phrases with trick

trick

In addition to the idioms beginning with trick

  • trick or treat
  • trick out
  • tricks of the trade

also see:

  • 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
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