play a trick on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v play a trick on deceive somebody "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
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Usage

In literature:

That would be a terrible trick to play on them.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
And the very next day they played a trick on him.
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
Miss Randolph is a stranger; you shouldn't play tricks on her.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
It's bad enough to have a trick like this played on me, without your making such a noise.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Then Firefly played a trick on him.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
I'm right glad we ain't had a chance to play any tricks on you up to now.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
Nasty, sinful girl, to play such a trick on an innocent maid!
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
I'm going to play a trick on her, Gladys.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
It's a day on which they play tricks on strangers.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
But one day little Gretchen played a trick on him to see what he would do.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
You wouldn't play a trick on me.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
On Wednesday, they were undeceived, and found that the clouds had played them a trick.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
It would be a fine trick to play on General Yozarro.
"Up the Forked River" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Was Reliance or maybe Ben going to play a trick on her?
"A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays" by Amy E. Blanchard
What she suggested was a trap to catch the one who had played such a mean trick on her friend.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
It's time Charlie Maxon and a few of his friends were taught that I'm a bad man to play tricks on!
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
S'h'd think he'd have more principle than t' play a trick on a pore feller what's jest stopped t' rest in his hole for a few hours.
"Two Wyoming Girls and Their Homestead Claim" by Carrie L. Marshall
Besides, I couldn't think of a person likely to play a trick on me.
"The Brightener" by C. N. Williamson
She's played a trick on all of you.
"The Automobile Girls at Chicago" by Laura Dent Crane
Suddenly, as Teddy and Janet were looking at some of the funny tricks the cowboys were playing on one another, Uncle Frank gave a cry.
"The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

Aw rarely have a sickly spell,--
Mi appetite aw'm fain to tell
Ne'er plays noa scurvy tricks on me,
Nowt ivver seems to disagree.
"Fairly Weel-off" by John Hartley
Hands off! thou tithe-fat plunderer! play
No trick of priestcraft here!
Back, puny lordling! darest thou lay
A hand on Elliott's bier?
Alive, your rank and pomp, as dust,
Beneath his feet he trod.
"Elliott" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

In the second act of Synetic Theater's Don Quixote , a woman plays a cruel trick on the eponymous hero, a self-ordained knight on a quest to restore chivalry to mankind.
The actresses playing conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the musical Side Show, now on view in a fine, emotionally charged production at Theatre Three, don't use any special tricks to achieve the illusion of being attached at the hip.
Sommer 's favorite case involved a freshman who bought a cow at an auction in Cayuga County to play a trick on a fraternity only to have the sickly animal get loose in traffic on Adams Street.
ATHENS — One of Mark Richt's oldest trick plays gave Georgia the lift it needed to remain on track for a shot at the SEC title.
The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present a doubleheader of comic entertainment with scenes from Hat Tricks and the one-act play Art at 8 pm on June 8 and June 9 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.
In the pre-sunrise light of a November morning a person's senses can play tricks on him.
It marks a chronological trick that the planet plays on all travelers, not just historians .
Today, he looks at cornerback Corey Graham's interception on a trick play ran by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Alan Wootton played a dirty trick on me for my birthday last month.
Ole Miss scored the game's first touchdown on a trick play in which quarterback Bo Wallace handed off to running back and former QB Randall Mackey.
Sandy threatened to play a nasty trick on Salem 's annual Halloween bash, but the storm caused only minor damage to the "Witch City" and the festivities will go on as planned.
Former Central High School Quarterback, Chris Owen and Preston Mattingly, the son of Don Mattingly made a montage video of some trick shots with basketballs and footballs in hopes of getting it played on ESPN SportsNation.
I'm super terrified of bugs and one day my little sister decided to play a trick on me.
Trick play not a sure thing , but provided a spark on Saturday.
Family and teachers thought 7-year-old Hector Flores Jr of New York was playing a trick on them.
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In science:

On the other hand, we introduce a new equivalent norm for elements in H2 [0, T ], see (6), and use some common calculations and tricks employed in the conventional BSDEs case, thereby obtain some convergence results, which play a chief role in deducing the variational inequality.
A maximum principle for forward-backward stochastic Volterra integral equations and applications in finance
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