Trick definition

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Any feat requiring skill.
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Of, relating to, or involving tricks.
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An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means.
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The art or knack of doing something easily, skillfully, quickly, etc.

The trick of making good pastry.

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A turn or round of duty or work; shift.
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A period or turn of duty, as at the helm of a ship.
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The definition of a trick is a prank or a joke.

An example of a trick is jumping out from behind a door and scaring someone.

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(slang) A customer to a prostitute.

As the businessman rounded the corner, she thought, "Here comes another trick."

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To trick is defined as to make an illusion, or to play a joke or prank.

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.

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(slang) A robbery or theft.
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A mischievous action; a prank.

Likes to play tricks on the other students in the dorm.

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A convention or specialized skill peculiar to a particular field of activity.

Learned the tricks of the winemaking trade.

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A feat of magic or legerdemain.
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A difficult, dexterous, or clever act designed to amuse.

Does your dog do any tricks?

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All the cards played in a single round, one from each player.
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One such round.
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(slang) A prison term.
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An act of prostitution.
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A prostitute's customer.
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A session carried out by a prostitute with a client.
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Designed or made for doing a trick or tricks.

Trick cards; trick dice.

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Weak, defective, or liable to fail.

A trick knee.

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An action or device designed to deceive, cheat, outwit, etc.; artifice; dodge; ruse; stratagem.
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A freakish, foolish, mean, or stupid act.
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A clever or difficult act intended to amuse.
  • 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.
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An expedient or convention of an art, craft, or trade.

To learn the tricks of the trade.

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A personal habit or mannerism.

A trick of tugging at the ear.

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(informal, old) A child or girl, esp. one viewed as cute or pretty.
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(card games) The cards (one from each player) played and won in a single round.
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A mischievous or playful act; prank, practical joke, etc.
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A deception or illusion.

The light played a trick on my eyes.

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The act or an instance of performing sexual intercourse as a prostitute with a customer.
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Such a customer.
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To deceive or swindle.
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Having to do with or used for a trick or tricks.
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That tricks.
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Apt to malfunction; of uncertain reliability.

A trick knee.

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(slang) Stylish or cool.

Wow, your new sportscar is so trick.

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Something designed to fool or swindle.

It was just a trick to say that the house was underpriced.

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A single piece (business) of a magician's (any variety entertainer's) act.

And for my next trick, I will pull a wombat out of a duffel bag.

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An effective, clever or quick way of doing something.

Tricks of the trade; what's the trick of getting this chair to fold up?

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Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank.

The tricks of boys.

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(dated) A particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait.

A trick of drumming with the fingers; a trick of frowning.

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A knot, braid, or plait of hair.

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(card games) A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.

I was able to take the second trick with the queen of hearts.

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(slang) An act of prostitution. Generally used with turn.

At the worst point, she was turning ten tricks a day.

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That's a nice skateboard, but can you do any tricks on it?

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A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.
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(nautical) A sailor's spell of work at the helm, usually two hours long.
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A toy; a trifle; a plaything.

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To fool; to cause to believe something untrue; to deceive.

You tried to trick me when you said that house was underpriced.

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(heraldry) To draw (as opposed to blazon - to describe in words).
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To dress; to decorate; to adorn fantastically; often followed by up, off, or out.
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A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act.

Don't let the kids pull any tricks while we're gone.

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A peculiar trait or characteristic; a mannerism.
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A peculiar event with unexpected, often deceptive results.
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A deceptive or illusive appearance; an illusion.

This painting plays tricks on the eyes.

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A special skill; a knack.

Is there a trick to getting this window to stay up?

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To cheat or deceive or to practice trickery or deception.
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Capable of performing tricks.

A trick dog.

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  • To bring about the desired result.
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(informal) how's tricks
  • Used to make a friendly inquiry about a person or that person's affairs.
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not miss a trick
  • To be extremely alert:
    The teacher was known for not missing a trick.
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do the trick
  • to bring about the desired result
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not miss a trick
  • to be very alert
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trick out
  • to dress up; deck; array
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turn a trick
  • to have sex with a customer
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up to one's old tricks
  • behaving or, esp., misbehaving in a way regarded as characteristic
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trick
Plural:
tricks

Adjective

Base Form:
trick
Superlative:
trickest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

not miss a trick
not miss a trick
up to one's old tricks

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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary