The trick of making good pastry.
An example of a trick is jumping out from behind a door and scaring someone.
An example of to trick is when the light reflection makes it appear that there are four items when, in fact, there are only three.
Likes to play tricks on the other students in the dorm.
Learned the tricks of the winemaking trade.
Does your dog do any tricks?
Trick cards; trick dice.
A trick knee.
- An act of jugglery or sleight of hand; also, an illusion of the kind created by legerdemain.
- An action, feat, or routine performed by an animal as a result of training.
To learn the tricks of the trade.
A trick of tugging at the ear.
The light played a trick on my eyes.
A trick knee.
And for my next trick, I will pull a wombat out of a duffel bag.
Tricks of the trade; what's the trick of getting this chair to fold up?
The tricks of boys.
A trick of drumming with the fingers; a trick of frowning.
I was able to take the second trick with the queen of hearts.
At the worst point, she was turning ten tricks a day.
You tried to trick me when you said that house was underpriced.
Don't let the kids pull any tricks while we're gone.
This painting plays tricks on the eyes.
Is there a trick to getting this window to stay up?
A trick dog.
- To bring about the desired result.
- Used to make a friendly inquiry about a person or that person's affairs.
- To be extremely alert:The teacher was known for not missing a trick.
- to bring about the desired result
- to be very alert
- to dress up; deck; array
- to have sex with a customer
- behaving or, esp., misbehaving in a way regarded as characteristic
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Origin of trick
- Middle English trik from Old North French trique from trikier to deceive probably from Vulgar Latin triccāre from Latin trīcārī to play tricks from trīcae tricks
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Perhaps from Old Northern French trique (related to Old French trichier; French: tricher), itself possibly from Middle High German trechen (“to launch a shot at, play a trick on”), but the Old French verb more likely is derived from Vulgar Latin *triccāre, from Late Latin tricāre, from Latin trīcārī (“behave in an evasive manner, search for detours; trifle, delay”).
- Alternatively, perhaps from Dutch trek (“a pull, draw, trick”), from trekken (“to draw”), from Middle Dutch trekken, trēken (“to pull, place, put, move”), from Old Dutch *trekkan, *trekan (“to move, drag”), from Proto-Germanic *trakjaną, *trikaną (“to drag, scrape, pull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dreg- (“to drag, scrape”).