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trick

 (trĭk)
n.
1.
a. An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means. See Synonyms at wile.
b. A mischievous action; a prank: likes to play tricks on the other students in the dorm.
c. A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act: Don't let the kids pull any tricks while we're gone.
2.
a. A peculiar trait or characteristic; a mannerism: "Mimicry is the trick by which a moth or other defenseless insect comes to look like a wasp" (Marston Bates).
b. A peculiar event with unexpected, often deceptive results: "One of history's cruelest tricks is to take words that sounded good at the time and make them sound pretty stupid" (David Owen).
c. A deceptive or illusive appearance; an illusion: This painting plays tricks on the eyes.
3.
a. A special skill; a knack: Is there a trick to getting this window to stay up?
b. A convention or specialized skill peculiar to a particular field of activity: learned the tricks of the winemaking trade.
4.
a. A feat of magic or legerdemain.
b. A difficult, dexterous, or clever act designed to amuse: Does your dog do any tricks?
5. Games
a. All the cards played in a single round, one from each player.
b. One such round.
6.
a. A period or turn of duty, as at the helm of a ship.
b. Slang A prison term.
7. Slang
a. An act of prostitution.
b. A prostitute's customer.
c. A session carried out by a prostitute with a client.
8. Slang A robbery or theft.
tr. & intr.v. tricked, trick·ing, tricks
To cheat or deceive or to practice trickery or deception.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or involving tricks.
2. Capable of performing tricks: a trick dog.
3. Designed or made for doing a trick or tricks: trick cards; trick dice.
4. Weak, defective, or liable to fail: a trick knee.
Phrasal Verb:
trick out (or up) Informal
To ornament or adorn, often garishly: was all tricked out in beads and fringe.
Idioms:
do/turn the trick
To bring about the desired result.
how's tricks Informal
Used to make a friendly inquiry about a person or that person's affairs.
not miss a trick
To be extremely alert: The teacher was known for not missing a 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.]

trick′er n.

trick

(trɪk)
n
1. a deceitful, cunning, or underhand action or plan
2.
a. a mischievous, malicious, or humorous action or plan; joke: the boys are up to their tricks again.
b. (as modifier): a trick spider.
3. an illusory or magical feat or device
4. a simple feat learned by an animal or person
5. an adroit or ingenious device; knack: a trick of the trade.
6. a behavioural trait, habit, or mannerism
7. a turn or round of duty or work
8. (Card Games) cards
a. a batch of cards containing one from each player, usually played in turn and won by the player or side that plays the card with the highest value
b. a card that can potentially win a trick
9. can't take a trick slang Austral to be consistently unsuccessful or unlucky
10. do the trick informal to produce the right or desired result
11. how's tricks? slang how are you?
12. turn a trick slang (of a prostitute) to gain a customer
vb
to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone), esp by means of a trick
[C15: from Old Northern French trique, from trikier to deceive, from Old French trichier, ultimately from Latin trīcārī to play tricks]
ˈtricker n
ˈtrickless adj

trick

(trɪk)

n.
1. a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, or stratagem intended to deceive or cheat; artifice; ruse.
2. a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank.
3. a clever or ingenious device or expedient; adroit technique: the tricks of the trade.
4. the art or knack of doing something skillfully: the trick of making others laugh.
5. a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.: This bird can do some amazing tricks.
6. a feat of magic or legerdemain: card tricks.
7. an optical illusion: a trick played by the flickering lights.
8. a mean, foolish, or childish action.
9. a behavioral peculiarity; habit; mannerism.
10. a period or tour of duty; stint.
11.
a. the group or set of cards played and won in one round.
b. a point or scoring unit based on this.
c. a card that is a potential winner.
12. a child or young girl: a pretty little trick.
13. Slang.
a. a prostitute's customer.
b. a sexual act between a prostitute and a customer.
adj.
14. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or involving tricks: trick shooting.
15. specially made or used for tricks: a trick chair.
16. (of a joint) inclined to stiffen or weaken suddenly and unexpectedly: a trick shoulder.
v.t.
17. to deceive by trickery.
18. to cheat or swindle (usu. fol. by out of): to trick someone out of an inheritance.
19. to beguile by trickery (usu. fol. by into).
v.i.
20. to practice trickery or deception; cheat.
21. to play tricks; trifle (usu. fol. by with).
22. trick out, to adorn with fancy ornaments.
Idioms:
do or turn the trick, to produce the desired effect.
[1375–1425; late Middle English trik (n.) < Old North French trique deceit, derivative of trikier to deceive < Vulgar Latin *triccāre, for Latin trīcārī to play tricks]
trick′er, n.
syn: trick, artifice, ruse, stratagem are terms for crafty or cunning devices intended to deceive. trick, the general term, refers usu. to an underhanded act designed to cheat someone, but it sometimes refers merely to a pleasurable deceiving of the senses: to win by a trick. Like trick, but to a greater degree, artifice emphasizes the cleverness or cunning with which the proceeding is devised: an artifice of diabolical ingenuity. ruse and stratagem emphasize the purpose for which the trick is designed; ruse is the more general term, and stratagem sometimes implies a more elaborate procedure or a military application: We gained entrance by a ruse. His stratagem gave the army command of the hill. See also cheat.

trick


Past participle: tricked
Gerund: tricking

Imperative
trick
trick
Present
I trick
you trick
he/she/it tricks
we trick
you trick
they trick
Preterite
I tricked
you tricked
he/she/it tricked
we tricked
you tricked
they tricked
Present Continuous
I am tricking
you are tricking
he/she/it is tricking
we are tricking
you are tricking
they are tricking
Present Perfect
I have tricked
you have tricked
he/she/it has tricked
we have tricked
you have tricked
they have tricked
Past Continuous
I was tricking
you were tricking
he/she/it was tricking
we were tricking
you were tricking
they were tricking
Past Perfect
I had tricked
you had tricked
he/she/it had tricked
we had tricked
you had tricked
they had tricked
Future
I will trick
you will trick
he/she/it will trick
we will trick
you will trick
they will trick
Future Perfect
I will have tricked
you will have tricked
he/she/it will have tricked
we will have tricked
you will have tricked
they will have tricked
Future Continuous
I will be tricking
you will be tricking
he/she/it will be tricking
we will be tricking
you will be tricking
they will be tricking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tricking
you have been tricking
he/she/it has been tricking
we have been tricking
you have been tricking
they have been tricking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tricking
you will have been tricking
he/she/it will have been tricking
we will have been tricking
you will have been tricking
they will have been tricking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tricking
you had been tricking
he/she/it had been tricking
we had been tricking
you had been tricking
they had been tricking
Conditional
I would trick
you would trick
he/she/it would trick
we would trick
you would trick
they would trick
Past Conditional
I would have tricked
you would have tricked
he/she/it would have tricked
we would have tricked
you would have tricked
they would have tricked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trick - a cunning or deceitful action or devicetrick - a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"
device, gimmick, twist - any clever maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating; "how did you ever fall for a shtik like that?"
2.trick - a period of work or dutytrick - a period of work or duty    
duty period, work shift, shift - the time period during which you are at work
3.trick - an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudenttrick - an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
4.trick - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusementtrick - a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
dirty trick - an unkind or aggressive trick
practical joke - a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
5.trick - an illusory feattrick - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
card trick - a trick performed with playing cards
prestidigitation, sleight of hand - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
6.trick - a prostitute's customer
customer, client - someone who pays for goods or services
7.trick - (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner
turn, play - (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
Verb1.trick - deceive somebodytrick - 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"

trick

noun
1. joke, put-on (slang), gag (informal), stunt, spoof (informal), caper, prank, frolic, practical joke, antic, jape, leg-pull (Brit. informal), cantrip (Scot.) We are playing a trick on a man who keeps bothering me.
2. deception, trap, fraud, con (slang), sting (informal), manoeuvre, dodge, ploy, scam (slang), imposition, gimmick, device, hoax, deceit, swindle, ruse, artifice, subterfuge, canard, feint, stratagem, wile, imposture That was a really mean trick.
3. sleight of hand, device, feat, stunt, juggle, legerdemain He shows me card tricks.
4. secret, skill, device, knack, art, hang (informal), technique, know-how (informal), gift, command, craft, expertise She showed me all the tricks of the trade.
5. illusion, deception, mirage, optical illusion It appears to be on fire, but it's just a trick of the light.
6. mannerism, habit, characteristic, trait, quirk, peculiarity, foible, idiosyncrasy, practice, crotchet all her little tricks and funny voices
verb
1. deceive, trap, have someone on, take someone in (informal), fool, cheat, con (informal), kid (informal), stiff (slang), sting (informal), mislead, hoax, defraud, dupe, gull (archaic), delude, swindle, impose upon, bamboozle (informal), hoodwink, put one over on (informal), pull the wool over someone's eyes, pull a fast one on (informal) He'll be upset when he finds out how you tricked him.
do the trick (Informal) work, fit the bill, have effect, achieve the desired result, produce the desired result, take care of the problem, be effective or effectual Sometimes a few choice words will do the trick.
trick something or someone out or up dress up, do up (informal), deck out, get up (informal), decorate, array (literary), adorn, ornament, embellish, apparel (literary), festoon, attire, garb, bedeck (literary), doll up (slang), rig out, accoutre The children were tricked out as princes and princesses.
Quotations
"I know a trick worth two of that" [William Shakespeare Henry IV, part I]

trick

noun
1. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
2. A mischievous act:
Informal: shenanigan.
Slang: monkeyshine (often used in plural).
3. The proper method for doing, using, or handling something:
Informal: hang.
4. A clever, dexterous act:
5. A limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity:
bout, go, hitch, inning (often used in plural), shift, spell, stint, stretch, time, tour, turn, watch.
verb
To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
Informal: bamboozle, have.
Slang: four-flush.
phrasal verb
trick out or up
Informal. To dress in formal or special clothing:
Slang: doll up.
adjective
So weak or defective as to be liable to fail:
Translations
حيلةٌ تَصْويرِيَّهحيلَهخُدْعَةيَخْدَعُ
lestobelstíttriktrikový
bedragsnydetrick
huijatatempputikkitrikkipetkuttaa
prevarititrik
bűvészmutatványbűvésztrükkmutatványtrükktrükk-
bragî, brellasjónhverfingtöfrabragî
だます策略
속이다속임수
amato paslaptiskalėdotipavykti padarytiprašinėti dovanųsuktas klausimas
fiktīvsjokskombinētais kadrsmāņu-trick photography
trikový
potegavščinatrikzvabiti v pastzvijača
trickfintlurasticktorsk
เล่ห์เหลี่ยมใช้เล่ห์เหลี่ยม
aldatıcıdolaphokkabazlıkkandırmaknumara
lừa gạttrò bịp bợm

trick

[trɪk]
A. N
1. (= joke, hoax) → broma f; (= mischief) → travesura f; (= ruse) → truco m, ardid m
dirty or mean trickmala pasada f, jugada f sucia
the tricks of the tradelos trucos del oficio
to play a trick on sbgastar una broma a algn
unless my eyes are playing tricks on mesi los ojos no me engañan
his memory played a trick on himle falló la memoria
trick or treat! frase amenazante que pronuncian en tono jocoso los niños que rondan las casas en la noche de Halloween; quiere decir: -¡danos algo o te hacemos una trastada! HALLOWE'EN he's up to his old tricks againha vuelto a hacer de las suyas
how's tricks?¿cómo te va?
2. (= card trick) → baza f; (= conjuring trick) → truco m; (in circus) → número m
to take all the tricksganar or hacer todas las bazas
he/she knows a trick or twose lo sabe todo
I know a trick worth two of thatyo me sé algo mucho mejor
that should do the trickesto servirá
he/she doesn't miss a trickno se pierde nada
to try every trick in the bookemplear todos los trucos
that's the oldest trick in the bookeso es un viejo truco
the whole bag of trickstodo el rollo
3. (= special knack) → truco m
there's a trick to opening this dooresta puerta tiene truco para abrirla
to get the trick of itcoger el truco, aprender el modo de hacerlo
4. (= peculiarity, strange habit) → manía f, peculiaridad f
certain tricks of styleciertas peculiaridades estilísticas, ciertos rasgos del estilo
it's just a trick he hases una manía suya
to have a trick of doing sthtener la manía de hacer algo
history has a trick of repeating itselfla historia tiene tendencia a repetirse
it's a trick of the lightes una ilusión óptica
5. (= catch) → trampa f
there must be a trick in itaquí seguro que hay trampa
6. [of prostitute] → cliente m
to turn tricksligarse clientes
B. VT (= deceive) → engañar; (= swindle) → estafar, timar
I've been tricked!¡me han engañado!
to trick sb into doing sthengañar a algn para que haga algo, conseguir con engaños que algn haga algo
to trick sb out of sthquitar algo a algn con engaños
C. CPD trick cyclist Nciclista mf acróbata
trick photography Ntrucaje m
trick question Npregunta f de pega
trick riding Nacrobacia f ecuestre
trick out trick up VT + ADV (= decorate) → ataviar (with de)

trick

[ˈtrɪk]
n
(= ruse) → ruse f
a dirty trick → un sale tour
(= joke) → tour m
to play a trick on sb → jouer un tour à qn
(as entertainment) [conjuror, magician, juggler] → tour m
(= knack) → astuce f
It's not easy: there's a trick to it → Ce n'est pas évident: il y a un truc.
the tricks of the trade → les ficelles du métier
(CARDS)levée f
(= illusion)
It's a trick of the light → C'est une illusion d'optique.
to do the trick (= be effective, work) → faire l'affaire
That should do the trick → Ça devrait faire l'affaire.
vtescroquer
to trick sb into doing sth → persuader qn par la ruse de faire qch
to trick sb out of sth → obtenir qch de qn par la ruse

trick

n
(= ruse)Trick m; be careful, it’s a trickpass auf, das ist eine Falle!; be careful with this question, there’s a trick in itsei vorsichtig bei dieser Frage, sie enthält eine Falle!; he knows a trick or two (inf)der kennt sich aus, der weiß, wie der Hase läuft; he never misses a trick (inf)er lässt sich (dat)nichts entgehen; he knows all the tricks of the tradeer ist ein alter Hase; (= is crafty)er ist mit allen Wassern gewaschen; he is full of tricks (child, footballer etc) → er steckt voller Tricks; (salesman, politician etc) → er hat es faustdick hinter den Ohren; it’s a trick of the lightda täuscht das Licht ? book N a
(= mischief)Streich m; to play a trick on somebodyjdm einen Streich spielen; unless my eyes are playing tricks on mewenn meine Augen mich nicht täuschen; a dirty trickein ganz gemeiner Trick; he’s up to his (old) tricks againjetzt macht er wieder seine (alten) Mätzchen (inf); how’s tricks? (Brit inf) → wie gehts?
(= skilful act)Kunststück nt; to teach a dog to do trickseinem Hund Kunststücke beibringen; once you get the trick of adjusting itwenn du einmal den Dreh or Trick heraushast, wie man das einstellt; there’s a special trick to itda ist ein Trick dabei; that should do the trick (inf)das müsste eigentlich hinhauen (inf) ? dog
(= habit)Eigenart f; to have a trick of doing somethingdie Eigenart haben, etw zu tun; he has a trick of always arriving as I’m pouring out the teaer hat eine merkwürdige Art, immer gerade dann zu erscheinen, wenn ich den Tee einschenke; history has a trick of repeating itselfdie Geschichte hat die merkwürdige Eigenschaft, sich immer zu wiederholen
(Cards) → Stich m; to take a trickeinen Stich machen
(inf, of prostitute) → Nummer f (inf); to turn a trickes einem Kunden machen or besorgen (sl)
attr cigar, spider, glassals Scherzartikel
vtmit einem Trick betrügen, hereinlegen (inf); I’ve been tricked!ich bin hereingelegt or übers Ohr gehauen (inf)worden!; to trick somebody into doing somethingjdn (mit einem Trick or mit List) dazu bringen, etw zu tun; he tricked the old lady into giving him her life savingser hat die alte Dame mit einem Trick um all ihre Ersparnisse betrogen; to trick somebody out of somethingjdn um etw prellen, jdm etw abtricksen (inf)

trick

:
trick or treat
n Spiel zu Halloween, bei dem Kinder von Tür zu Tür gehen und von den Bewohnern entweder Geld oder Geschenke erhalten oder ihnen einen Streich spielen
trick photography
nTrickfotografie f
trick question
nFangfrage f; to ask somebody a trickjdm eine Falle stellen

trick

[trɪk]
1. n
a. (joke, hoax) → scherzo, tiro; (ruse, catch, special knack) → trucco; (clever act) → stratagemma m
to play a trick on sb → giocare un tiro a qn
dirty or mean trick → scherzo di cattivo gusto
there must be a trick in it → ci deve essere sotto qualche cosa
he's up to his old tricks again → è tornato ai suoi vecchi trucchetti
there's a trick to opening this door → c'è un trucco per aprire questa porta
it's a trick of the light → è un effetto ottico
he knows all the tricks of the trade → conosce tutti i trucchi del mestiere
b. (habit) → mania
he has a trick of turning up when least expected → ha il dono di spuntare quando uno meno se l'aspetta
c. (Cards) → presa (also conjuring trick) → gioco di prestigio
that should do the trick (fam) → vedrai che funziona
he doesn't miss a trick (fig) → non gliene scappa mai una
2. vt (deceive) → ingannare, imbrogliare; (swindle) → imbrogliare
I've been tricked! → mi hanno imbrogliato!
to trick sb into doing sth → convincere qn a fare qc con l'inganno
to trick sb out of sth → fregare qc a qn

trick

(trik) noun
1. something which is done, said etc in order to cheat or deceive someone, and sometimes to frighten them or make them appear stupid. The message was just a trick to get her to leave the room.
2. a clever or skilful action (to amuse etc). The magician performed some clever tricks.
adjective
intended to deceive or give a certain illusion. trick photography.
ˈtrickery noun
the act of deceiving or cheating. She could not stand his trickery.
ˈtrickster noun
a cheater.
ˈtricky adjective
difficult. a tricky problem/job; a tricky person to deal with.
ˈtrickily adverb
ˈtrickiness noun
ˈtrick question noun
a question that is likely to mislead a person.
do the trick
to do or be what is necessary. I need a piece of paper. This old envelope will do the trick!
play a trick / tricks on
to do something which is amusing to oneself because it deceives or frightens (someone else), or makes them appear stupid. He played a trick on her by jumping out from behind a wall as she passed.
a trick of the trade
one of the ways of being successful in a job etc. Remembering the customers' names is one of the tricks of the trade.
trick or treat!
an expression used by children on Halloween to ``threaten'' people that they will do annoying tricks if they do not get sweets or small presents.

trick

خُدْعَة, يَخْدَعُ lest, obelstít bedrag, snyde Trick, überlisten ξεγελώ, τέχνασμα ardid, engañar huijata, temppu tour, tromper prevariti, trik imbrogliare, scherzo だます, 策略 속이다, 속임수 bedriegen, truc lure, triks oszukać, podstęp enganar, truque обман, обманывать lura, trick เล่ห์เหลี่ยม, ใช้เล่ห์เหลี่ยม dolap, kandırmak lừa gạt, trò bịp bợm 耍花招, 诡计
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Well, I have a bad trick of standing before the fire, and so I burn my frocks, and I scorched this one, and though it's nicely mended, it shows, and Meg told me to keep still so no one would see it.
The trick of saving money, begun for a purpose, was carried on after the scheme of going to the city to find Ned Currie had been given up.
But it was all planned, and I was so engrossed in thinking of the ancient treasures I hope to find that I never thought of a possible trick.
Fuchs said he `got on fine with the kids,' and liked the mother, though she played a sorry trick on him.
Was he awake or dreaming, or was this some trick of liquor in his often distorted fancy?
Thus, all the while Hepzibah was perfecting the scheme of her little shop, she had cherished an unacknowledged idea that some harlequin trick of fortune would intervene in her favor.
To gaze into the depths of blue of the child's eyes and pronounce their loveliness a trick of premature cunning was to be guilty of a cynicism in preference to which I naturally preferred to abjure my judgment and, so far as might be, my agitation.
Not so the sailor, beholding the scenery of the Antarctic seas; where at times, by some infernal trick of legerdemain in the powers of frost and air, he, shivering and half shipwrecked, instead of rainbows speaking hope and solace to his misery, views what seems a boundless church-yard grinning upon him with its lean ice monuments and splintered crosses.
wanted to part it; free the fast-fish --an old trick --I know him.
One curious thing he had noticed, the very first day, in his profession of shoveler of guts; which was the sharp trick of the floor bosses whenever there chanced to come a "slunk" calf.
He got up and played his hand like a major -- and took every trick.
One often sees them, at the tables in the Castle grounds, using their whips or canes to illustrate some new sword trick which they have heard about; and between the duels, on the day whose history I have been writing, the swords were not always idle; every now and then we heard a succession of the keen hissing sounds which the sword makes when it is being put through its paces in the air, and this informed us that a student was practicing.