trick or treat


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trick or treat

interj.
Used as a greeting when trick-or-treating.

trick or treat

sentence substitute
chiefly US and Canadian the cry by children at Halloween when they call at houses, indicating that they want a present or money or else they will play a trick on the householder

trick′ or treat′


n.
a Halloween custom in which children call on neighbors, local merchants, etc., to ask for a small treat, ritualistically threatening to play a trick if refused.
[1940–45]
trick′-or-treat′, v.i.
trick′-or-treat′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trick or treat - a request by children on Halloweentrick or treat - a request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
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