play a trick on


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Verb1.play a trick on - deceive somebodyplay a trick on - deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on - be false to; be dishonest with
snooker - fool or dupe; "He was snookered by the con-man's smooth talk"
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Belleforet, Father Le Juge, and Corrozet affirm that it was picked up on the morrow, with great pomp, by the clergy of the quarter, and borne to the treasury of the church of Saint Opportune, where the sacristan, even as late as 1789, earned a tolerably handsome revenue out of the great miracle of the Statue of the Virgin at the corner of the Rue Mauconseil, which had, by its mere presence, on the memorable night between the sixth and seventh of January, 1482, exorcised the defunct Eustache Moubon, who, in order to play a trick on the devil, had at his death maliciously concealed his soul in his straw pallet.