Definitions for: Trick

[n] an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
[n] a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"
[n] a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
[n] an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
[n] a period of work or duty
[v] deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"

Webster (1913) Definition: Trick, n. [D. trek a pull, or drawing, a trick, trekken
to draw; akin to LG. trekken, MHG. trecken, trechen, Dan.
tr[ae]kke, and OFries. trekka. Cf. Track, Trachery,
Trig, a., Trigger.]
1. An artifice or stratagem; a cunning contrivance; a sly
procedure, usually with a dishonest intent; as, a trick in

He comes to me for counsel, and I show him a trick.

I know a trick worth two of that. --Shak.

2. A sly, dexterous, or ingenious procedure fitted to puzzle
or amuse; as, a bear's tricks; a juggler's tricks.

3. Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank; as, the tricks
of boys. --Prior.

4. A particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait; as,
a trick of drumming with the fingers; a trick of frowning.

The trick of that voice I do well remember. --Shak.

He hath a trick of C[oe]ur de Lion's face. --Shak.

5. A knot, braid, or plait of hair. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

6. (Card Playing) The whole number of cards played in one
round, and consisting of as many cards as there are

On one nice trick depends the general fate. --Pope.

7. (Naut.) A turn; specifically, the spell of a sailor at the
helm, -- usually two hours.

8. A toy; a trifle; a plaything. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Stratagem; wile; fraud; cheat; juggle; finesse; sleight;
deception; imposture; delusion; imposition.

Trick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tricked; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To deceive by cunning or artifice; to impose on; to
defraud; to cheat; as, to trick another in the sale of a

2. To dress; to decorate; to set off; to adorn fantastically;
-- often followed by up, off, or out. `` Trick her off in
air.'' --Pope.

People lavish it profusely in tricking up their
children in fine clothes, and yet starve their
minds. --Locke.

They are simple, but majestic, records of the
feelings of the poet; as little tricked out for the
public eye as his diary would have been. --Macaulay.

3. To draw in outline, as with a pen; to delineate or
distinguish without color, as arms, etc., in heraldry.

They forget that they are in the statutes: . . .
there they are tricked, they and their pedigrees.
--B. Jonson.

Synonyms: antic, caper, conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, fast one, fob, fox, illusion, joke, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, play a trick on, prank, pull a fast one on, put-on

See Also: card trick, cozen, deceive, delude, device, dirty trick, dishonesty, diversion, duty period, gimmick, knavery, lead on, performance, practical joke, prestidigitation, recreation, shift, sleight of hand, snooker, twist, work shift

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