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.
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 deceive by trickery.
Heraldry. to indicate the tinctures of (a coat of arms) with engravers tricks.
to cheat or swindle (usually followed by out of): to trick someone out of an inheritance.
to beguile by trickery (usually followed by into).
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.
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.
- tricker, noun
- trick·ing·ly, adverb
- outtrick, verb (used with object)
- un·tricked, adjective
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How to use trick in a sentence
For every experiment he could think of, nature seemed to have a clever trick up its sleeve to hide any evidence of absolute motion.When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners | Amanda Gefter | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
There are a wide range of tips and tricks out there, and I tried the most popular ones so I could definitively say which work, and which ones are just fogged up.The best ways to stop a mask from fogging up your glasses, ranked | Sandra Gutierrez G. | November 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
I guess I don’t really like things where there’s a trick to solving it.
As someone who’s best upside-down tricks are always on or near the floor, I knew it would be my jam.Know Your Flow: The Good Sh*t Guide to Pole Passions | Eugene Robinson | November 12, 2020 | Ozy
Submitting certain materials to magnetic and electrical fields, or some combination of these forces, also does the trick in some cases.How materials you’ve never heard of could clean up air conditioning | James Temple | November 12, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
This can be associated with the idea of the dead as tricking those and hurting those who have hurt them.
Williams raised the end of a white hospital sheet to dab at the tears tricking down from behind his dark glasses.Strangers Rally to Help Blind Man Keep His Guide Dog | Michael Daly | December 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Riley eventually secured freedom for his men by tricking a slave-owner.
Flemmi seemed to be suggesting that Bulger was somehow tricking him into becoming an informant for the FBI.
She's a brick, and I feel so guiltily aware of tricking her.Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell
I supposed that his word would be worthless as a pledge and would be given only for the purpose of tricking me.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
He then stoop'd in the Shoulders, and hobbled in walking; but by tricking him up, they gave him that good Air which he wanted.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I | Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
I saw how good you were; and in that taxi going to Torrington Square I felt mean as dirt for tricking you.The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The town was tricking out its neglected decay with great trailing robes of roses.Bonaventure | George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for trick
a deceitful, cunning, or underhand action or plan
a mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; joke: the 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; knack: a 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
- tricker, noun
- trickless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with trick
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
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.