trick1 S3 [trık] n
1¦(something that deceives somebody)¦
3¦(something that makes things appear different)¦
4 a dirty/rotten/mean trick
5 do the trick
7¦(clever method)¦
8 use/try every trick in the book
9 teach/show somebody a trick or two
10 somebody is up to their (old) tricks
13 never miss a trick
14 how's tricks?
[Date: 1400-1500; : Old North French; Origin: trique, from trikier 'to deceive, cheat', from Old French trichier]
something you do in order to deceive someone
Pretending he doesn't remember is an old trick of his.
He didn't really lose his wallet - that's just a trick.
2.) ¦(JOKE)¦
something you do to surprise someone and to make other people laugh
I'm getting tired of your silly tricks.
The girls were playing tricks on their teacher.
something that makes things appear to be different from the way they really are
After walking for hours in the hot sun, his mind began playing tricks on him.
At first he thought someone was coming towards him, but it was just a trick of the light .
4.) a dirty/rotten/mean trick
an unkind or unfair thing to do
He didn't turn up? What a dirty trick!
5.) do the trick
spoken if something does the trick, it solves a problem or provides what is needed to get a good result
A bit more flour should do the trick.
6.) ¦(MAGIC)¦
a skilful set of actions that seem like magic, done to entertain people
My uncle was always showing me card tricks when I was a kid.
a magic trick
a way of doing something that works very well but may not be easy to notice
The trick is to bend your knees as you catch the ball.
a salesman who knew all the tricks of the trade (=clever methods used in a particular job)
8.) use/try every trick in the book
to use every method that you know, even dishonest ones, to achieve what you want
9.) teach/show sb a trick or two informal
used to say that someone knows more than someone else or can do something better than them
Experienced teachers can show new teachers a trick or two.
10.) sb is up to their (old) tricks informal
to be doing the same dishonest things that you have often done before
11.) ¦(CARDS)¦
the cards played or won in one part of a game of cards
He won the first three tricks easily.
12.) ¦(HABIT)¦
have a trick of doing sth
BrE to have a habit of using a particular expression or of moving your face or body in a particular way
She had this trick of raising her eyebrows at the end of a question.
13.) never miss a trick
spoken to always know exactly what is happening even if it does not concern you
Dave's found out. He never misses a trick, does he?.
14.) how's tricks?
old-fashioned spoken used to greet someone in a friendly way
Hello, Bill! How's tricks?
15.) ¦(SEX)¦
AmE old-fashioned informal someone who pays a ↑prostitute to have sex
turn a trick
(=to have sex with someone for money)
→↑confidence trick,dirty trick atdirty1 (6), you can't teach an old dog new tricks atteach, ↑hat trick
trick 2
trick2 v [T]
1.) to deceive someone in order to get something from them or to make them do something
She knew she'd been tricked, but it was too late.
trick sb into doing sth
He claimed he was tricked into carrying drugs.
trick sb out of sth
The corporation was tricked out of $20 million.
trick your way into/past/onto etc sth
He tricked his way into her home by pretending to be a policeman.
2.) be tricked out with/in sth
BrE literary to be decorated with something
a hat tricked out with ribbons
trick 3
trick3 adj
1.) trick photography
when a photograph or picture has been changed so that it looks different from what was really there
2.) a trick question
a question which seems easy to answer but has a hidden difficulty
3.) a trick knee/ankle/shoulder etc
AmE a joint that is weak and can suddenly cause you problems

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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