trick ( tricks plural & 3rd person present) ( tricking present participle) ( tricked past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A trick is an action that is intended to deceive someone.
We are playing a trick on a man who keeps bothering me.
2 verb If someone tricks you, they deceive you, often in order to make you do something.
Stephen is going to be pretty upset when he finds out how you tricked him... V n
His family tricked him into going to Pakistan, and once he was there, they took away his passport... V n into -ing/n
His real purpose is to trick his way into your home to see what he can steal. V way prep/adv
3 n-count A trick is a clever or skilful action that someone does in order to entertain people.
He shows me card tricks.
4 n-count A trick is a clever way of doing something.
Tiffany revamped her sitting room with simple decorative tricks.
6 If something does the trick, it achieves what you wanted.
do the trick phrase V inflects
Sometimes a few choice words will do the trick.
7 If someone tries every trick in the book, they try every possible thing that they can think of in order to achieve something.
every trick in the book phrase v PHR
Companies are using every trick in the book to stay one step in front of their competitors.
8 If you say that something is a trick of the light, you mean that what you are seeing is an effect caused by the way that the light falls on things, and does not really exist in the way that it appears.
a trick of the light phrase v-link PHR
Her head appears to be on fire but that is only a trick of the light.
9 If you say that someone does not miss a trick, you mean that they always know what is happening and take advantage of every situation.
sb doesn't miss a trick phrase V inflects, with brd-neg
10 The tricks of the trade are the quick and clever ways of doing something that are known by people who regularly do a particular activity.
tricks of the trade phrase trick inflects
11 If you say that someone is up to their tricks or up to their old tricks, you disapprove of them because they are behaving in the dishonest or deceitful way in which they typically behave. INFORMAL
up to one's (old) tricks phrase v-link PHR (disapproval)
I have no respect for my father who, having remarried, is still up to his old tricks.
confidence trick ( confidence tricks plural ) A confidence trick is a trick in which someone deceives you by telling you something that is not true, often to trick you out of money.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, usually use confidence game
conjuring trick ( conjuring tricks plural ) A conjuring trick is a trick in which something is made to appear or disappear as if by magic. n-count
dirty trick ( dirty tricks plural ) You describe the actions of an organization or political group as dirty tricks when you think they are using illegal methods to harm the reputation or effectiveness of their rivals. n-count usu pl
He claimed he was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign..
hat-trick ( hat-tricks plural ) A hat-trick is a series of three achievements, especially in a sports event, for example three goals scored by the same person in a football game. n-count
trick or treat
Trick or treat is an activity in which children knock on the doors of houses at Halloween and shout `trick or treat'. If the person who answers the door does not give the children a treat, such as sweets or candy, they play a trick on him or her. n-uncount
trick question ( trick questions plural ) If someone asks you a trick question, they ask you a question which is very difficult to answer, for example because there is a hidden difficulty or because the answer that seems obvious is not the correct one. n-count