play tricks

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: tricks - deceive somebodyplay tricks - 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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It seemed intolerable that I should endure existence subject to the arbitrary visitations of a Magician who could thus play tricks with one's very stomach.
Mrs Partridge, upon this, immediately fell into a fury, and discharged the trencher on which she was eating, at the head of poor Jenny, crying out, "You impudent whore, do you play tricks with my husband before my face?
You try to play tricks on the king, because of your sister, and are found out.
I have learned caution now, and I had rather play tricks with the law of England than with my own conscience.
He was no sooner assured of this; and he assured himself so carefully that one may almost say he shaded his eyes with his hand to see the better; than he came back at a round trot, pounced upon him, and summarily took off a piece of his tail; as a caution to him to be careful what he was about for the future, and never to play tricks with his family any more.
Throughout October, The Skeleton In The Closet arrives in one's home to play tricks or give treats all month long.
My son Finn was very good because your mind can play tricks on you but he was very calm.
It's traditional in some schools for kids to play tricks including throwing flour and eggs and smearing sticky substances on banisters.
25pm, Film4 Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and Leelee Sobieski play three college students who buy a radio and play tricks on truckers to lighten up their road trip.
Each Day is a Gift EACH day is a gift Sent from God above You never know Who is in charge When you sail that barge Or ride your bike Or swim the channel The gifts we all have Must shine and praise The invisible God for each day It might be cold or wet or Sunshine Never let the weather spoil Your happiness it's in your heart You can feel it the mind can play Tricks but who knows how you Feel We can programme the mind And think of who you would Like to be but like the sea it Has its own energy that Can power you and the World To give each day a sparkling View and paint pictures of old And new God bless your best shot and Dream and put some seeds Into a pot.
Elsewhere, the In the Dark Science Theatre show will examine lasers, lights and shadows, exploring how light can play tricks on us.
I can't wait to go trick or treating this year so that I can play tricks on people and get lots of sweets.