|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||trique, from trikier 'to deceive, cheat', from Old French trichier|
trick1 S3 [countable]
something you do in order to deceive someone:
something that deceives somebody
Pretending he doesn't remember is an old trick of his.
He didn't really lose his wallet - that's just a trick.
something you do to surprise someone and to make other people laugh:
I'm getting tired of your silly tricks.
The girls were playing tricks on their teacher.
something that makes things appear to be different from the way they really are:
something that makes things appear different
After walking for hours in the hot sun, his mind began playing tricks on him.
At first he thought someone was coming towards him, but it was just a trick of the light.
an unkind or unfair thing to do:
He didn't turn up? What a dirty trick!
if something does the trick, it solves a problem or provides what is needed to get a good result:
A bit more flour should do the trick.
a skilful set of actions that seem like magic, done to entertain people:
My uncle was always showing me card tricks when I was a kid.
a way of doing something that works very well but may not be easy to notice:
The trick is to bend your knees as you catch the ball.
a salesman who knew all the tricks of the trade (=clever methods used in a particular job)
to use every method that you know, even dishonest ones, to achieve what you want
used to say that someone knows more than someone else or can do something better than them:
Experienced teachers can show new teachers a trick or two.
to be doing the same dishonest things that you have often done before
the cards played or won in one part of a game of cards:
He won the first three tricks easily.
to have a habit of using a particular expression or of moving your face or body in a particular way:
She had this trick of raising her eyebrows at the end of a question.
to always know exactly what is happening even if it does not concern you:
Dave's found out. He never misses a trick, does he?.
14 old-fashioned spoken
used to greet someone in a friendly way:
Hello, Bill! How's tricks?
someone who pays a prostitute to have sex
sexAmerican English old-fashioned informal
turn a trick (=to have sex with someone for money)