- 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 tricksmaneuver, fraud, deception, plot, ploy, ruse, hoax, conspiracy, trap, device, gimmick, distortion, illusion, accomplishment, antic, gag, stunt, shenanigan, feat, gift
Examples from the Web for tricks
Contemporary Examples of tricks
That idea is often invoked in regards to the tricks memory plays, but I wonder how it might come into play in other ways.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
“She showed him all the tricks of the trade,” Richardson said.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
How many of these surging thousands are solid, and how many of these assumptions are tricks of the light?Hilary Mantel Visits the Twilight Zone
October 14, 2014
Rick Wilson, a top Florida GOP political consultant, describes Rivera as “a wily character ... [who has] run out of tricks.”Former Congressman May Be Future Convict
August 20, 2014
Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination.'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year
August 19, 2014
Historical Examples of tricks
"To the devil with your tricks," said John, opening and shutting his great red hands.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Mike got to cover; his ungoverned tongue was always playing him tricks.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
And there they were at the side of the road, showing their tricks and begging for coins.Buried Cities, Part 2
Now, I should like to see the fairy that could beat him at tricks.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
After all, with a fellow like Lorenzi one must be prepared for any tricks.Casanova's Homecoming
- 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