How to use
Old North French
trique, from trikier
'to deceive, cheat'
something that deceives somebody
something you do in order to deceive someone
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
on their teacher.
something that makes things appear different
something that makes things appear to be different from the way they really are
After walking for hours in the hot sun, his mind began
playing tricks on
At first he thought someone was coming towards him, but it was just
a trick of the light
a dirty/rotten/mean trick
an unkind or unfair thing to do
He didn't turn up? What a dirty trick!
do the 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
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
use/try every trick in the book
to use every method that you know, even dishonest ones, to achieve what you want
teach/show somebody a trick or two
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.
somebody is up to their (old) tricks
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.
have a trick of doing something
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.
never miss a trick
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?.
used to greet someone in a friendly way
Hello, Bill! How's tricks?
someone who pays a
to have sex
turn a trick
to have sex with someone for money
; ➔ dirty trick
; ➔ you can't teach an old dog new tricks
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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