trick

trick1 [ trık ] noun count **
▸ 1 something unfair/unpleasant
▸ 2 entertainment like magic
▸ 3 something not what it seems
▸ 4 effective way to do something
▸ 5 in card game
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) an unfair or unpleasant thing you do in order to harm someone or get an advantage for yourself:
a dirty/cruel/nasty trick: It was a very dirty trick to play on anyone.
a dirty tricks campaign: They had carried out a dirty tricks campaign against a rival airline.
a ) something you do in order to annoy someone or make people laugh at them, often by making them believe something that is not true:
play a trick on someone: I thought he was playing a trick on me.
your eyes are/your memory is playing tricks on you: Was it her, or were my eyes playing tricks on me?
2. ) a way of entertaining people by doing something that looks like magic:
For my next trick, I will make the balls disappear.
do a trick: He does this great trick with a hat and two rabbits.
3. ) something that is not really what it seems to be:
Did she really see a boat, or was it just a trick of the light?
4. ) an effective and skillful way of doing something:
There's a trick to folding up this umbrella.
the trick is: If you want to see her, the trick is to go early.
5. ) the cards that you play or win in one part of a card game
a bag/box of tricks
all of the special or secret methods someone has to help them achieve something
do the trick
to do what is needed in order to achieve something:
Her remedy certainly did the trick.
have a trick of doing something
to have a habit of doing a particular thing:
She had a trick of pausing in the middle of sentences.
have a trick up your sleeve
to have a plan that you can use if you need to
how's tricks? SPOKEN
used when you meet someone to ask how they are
not/never miss a trick
to notice everything that is happening
the oldest trick in the book
a dishonest method of doing something that you know about because it has been used many times before
show/teach someone a trick or two
to help someone by showing them how to do something:
I'm sure I could show you a trick or two to use in your job interview.
the tricks of the trade
quick and effective methods used by experienced people in a particular profession
try/use every trick in the book
to try/use every possible method in order to achieve something
turn a trick AMERICAN INFORMAL
to have sex with someone for money
up to your old/usual tricks
to be doing the same annoying or bad things you usually do
=> TEACH
trick
trick 2 [ trık ] verb transitive *
to make someone believe something that is not true:
I suddenly realized that I'd been tricked.
trick someone into doing something: He tricked me into believing that he was somebody famous.
trick someone out of something: You're not the first person to be tricked out of your savings.
=> TRICK OR TREAT
,trick `out or ,trick `up phrasal verb transitive usually passive
to decorate something in a particular way or wear a particular set of clothes:
The store was tricked out like a Middle Eastern bazaar.
trick
trick 3 [ trık ] adjective only before noun
1. ) used for tricking someone:
a trick question
2. ) AMERICAN used about a part of the body that is weak and does not work the way it should:
a trick knee

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • trick — trick …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • trick — ou tric [ trik ] n. m. • 1773; angl. trick « ruse, stratagème », du norm. trikier (→ tricher) ♦ Jeu Au whist, au bridge, La septième levée, qui est la première (après le « devoir ») à compter un point. ⊗ HOM. Trique. ● trick nom masculin (mot… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • trick — [trik] n. [ME trik < NormFr trique < trikier < OFr trichier, to trick, cheat, prob. < VL * triccare, altered < ? LL tricare, to deceive, for L tricari, to make trouble < tricae, vexations, tricks < IE * treik < base * ter …   English World dictionary

  • Trick 77 — Trick 17 wird im Sprachgebrauch als Beschreibung eines Lösungweges bei Problemen verwandt. Einerseits werden damit Lösungwege bezeichnet, die originell oder ungewöhnlich sind. Eine solche Lösung kann jedoch nur bei Erfolg Trick 17 genannt werden …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Trick — Trick, n. [D. trek a pull, or drawing, a trick, trekken to draw; akin to LG. trekken, MHG. trecken, trechen, Dan. tr[ae]kke, and OFries. trekka. Cf. {Track}, {Trachery}, {Trig}, a., {Trigger}.] 1. An artifice or stratagem; a cunning contrivance;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trick 17 — wird im Sprachgebrauch als Beschreibung eines Lösungsweges bei Problemen verwendet. Einerseits werden damit Lösungswege bezeichnet, die originell oder ungewöhnlich sind. Eine solche Lösung kann jedoch nur bei Erfolg Trick 17 genannt werden, da… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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