trick

Definitions

  • Showing the Old Man a Trick 183
    Showing the Old Man a Trick 183
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trick deceive somebody "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
    • n trick an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    • n trick a cunning or deceitful action or device "he played a trick on me","he pulled a fast one and got away with it"
    • n trick a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    • n trick an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent "that offer was a dirty trick"
    • n trick (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner
    • n trick a prostitute's customer
    • n trick a period of work or duty
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Balancing Tricks Balancing Tricks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular treat for Halloween trick-or-treaters are candy bars with Snickers being the most popular
    • Trick A knot, braid, or plait of hair.
    • Trick 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.""He hath a trick of Cœur de Lion's face."
    • Trick A sly, dexterous, or ingenious procedure fitted to puzzle or amuse; as, a bear's tricks; a juggler's tricks .
    • Trick A toy; a trifle; a plaything.
    • Trick (Naut) A turn; specifically, the spell of a sailor at the helm, -- usually two hours.
    • Trick An artifice or stratagem; a cunning contrivance; a sly procedure, usually with a dishonest intent; as, a trick in trade. "He comes to me for counsel, and I show him a trick .""I know a trick worth two of that."
    • Trick Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank; as, the tricks of boys.
    • Trick (Card Playing) The whole number of cards played in one round, and consisting of as many cards as there are players. "On one nice trick depends the general fate."
    • Trick To deceive by cunning or artifice; to impose on; to defraud; to cheat; as, to trick another in the sale of a horse.
    • Trick 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."
    • Trick To dress; to decorate; to set off; to adorn fantastically; -- often followed by up off, or out. "Trick her off in air.""People lavish it profusely in tricking up their children in fine clothes, and yet starve their minds.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is estimated that 93% of American children will go out trick or treating for Halloween
    • trick To deceive by trickery; cozen; cheat.
    • trick To bring, render, or induce by trickery; beguile; inveigle; cajole.
    • trick To use trickery, deception, or imposture.
    • trick To juggle; play.
    • trick To toy; handle idly.
    • n trick A crafty or fraudulent device; a deceitful expedient; an artifice; a stratagem.
    • n trick A feat or an exhibition of skill or dexterity, as in juggling or sleight of hand.
    • n trick A roguish or mischievous performance; a prank; a practical joke; a hoax.
    • n trick A foolish, vicious, or disgraceful act: with disparaging or contemptuous force.
    • n trick A peculiar art; skill; adroitness; knack.
    • n trick A peculiar trait, manner, habit, or practice; a characteristic; a peculiarity; a mannerism.
    • n trick A trace; a suggestion; a reminder.
    • n trick Something pretended or unreal; a semblance; an illusion.
    • n trick Any small article; a toy; a knickknack; a trifle; a trap; a mere nothing: sometimes applied to a child.
    • n trick In card-playing, the cards collectively which are played in one round. In whist and many other card-games the number of tricks taken makes up the score on which the winning or losing of the game depends. A whist trick is complete when the cards are turned and quitted.
    • n trick Nautical, a spell: a turn; the time allotted to a man to stand at the helm, generally two hours.
    • n trick A watch. Tuft's Glossary of Thieves' Jargon (1798).
    • n trick Synonyms Manœuver, Stratagem, etc. (see artifice), fraud, imposition, imposture, deception, fetch.
    • trick To dress; trim; deck; prank; specifically, to arrange, dress, or decorate, especially in a fanciful way, as the person or the hair: often followed by out or up.
    • trick In heraldry: To draw, as a bearing or a collection of bearings, or a whole escutcheon or achievement of arms. The word implies the representation graphically of armorial bearings in any sense, and should be used instead of blazon, which properly means to describe in words.
    • trick Especially, to draw in black and white only, without color, or to sketch slightly, whether a bearing or a whole achievement.
    • n trick An obsolete form of trig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snakes have two sex organs in case one drops off in their fervent attempt to trick females into mating.
    • v.t Trick trik to dress, to decorate
    • n Trick trik any fraud or stratagem to deceive, an illusion: a clever contrivance to puzzle, amuse, or annoy: a particular habit or manner, skill, adroitness, manner: a parcel of cards falling to a winner at one turn: any toy or gimcrack: a turn as at the helm:
    • v.t Trick to deceive, to cheat
    • n Trick trik (slang) a watch
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Quotations

  • Casey Stengel
    Casey Stengel
    “The trick is growing up without growing old.”
  • Joel Rosenberg
    Joel Rosenberg
    “There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war.”
  • Sparky Anderson
    Sparky Anderson
    “The trick is to realize that after giving your best, there's nothing more to give.”
  • Jean Anouilh
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    “With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.”
  • David Hare
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    “Some people carry their heart in their head and some carry their head in their heart. The trick is to keep them apart yet working together.”

Idioms

Do the trick - If something does the trick, it is was is needed or has the necessary effect.
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Every trick in the book - If you try every trick in the book, you try every possible way, including dishonesty and deceit, to get what you want.
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Hat trick - Three successes one after the other is a hat trick.
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Have a trick up your sleeve - If you have a trick up your sleeve, you have a secret strategy to use when the time is right.
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How's tricks? - This is used as a way of asking people how they are and how things have been going in their life.
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Not miss a trick - If someone doesn't miss a trick, they take advantage of everything that could help them or might be an opportunity for them.
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Oldest trick in the book - The oldest trick in the book is a well-known way of deceiving someone, though still effective.
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One-trick pony - A one-trick pony is someone who does one thing well, but has limited skills in other areas.
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Trick of the trade - A trick of the trade is something used by people experienced in an area that helps them.
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You can't teach an old dog new tricks - It is difficult to make someone change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. trek, a pull, or drawing, a trick, trekken, to draw; akin to LG. trekken, MHG. trecken, trechen, Dan. trække, and OFries. trekka,. Cf. Track Trachery Trig (a.) Trigger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tricher, to beguile—L. tricāri, to trifle.

Usage

In literature:

It was a trick that licked us.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Why shouldn't I learn the tricks?
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
He was a man without any education, and had been servant in his youth to an alchymist, from whom he learned many of the tricks of the fraternity.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
It's a real mean trick you've played us.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Breathless, he informed her of his encounter with the Mission ladies, and the priest's vile trick to shame him.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Was it on a fishing-boat you were trained to those tricks?
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
To have thought out even that one trick for themselves proves that the elephants are the wisest of all animals, next after men folks.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
No more tricks like the phony colonel and the atom bomb that didn't 'explode.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
On the way home I wondered if this was not some trick of his, returning to the house, but his last words drove all my doubts away.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
We have watched young fellows, and know their tricks.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
There are tricks an' tricks, an' we kin work some o' 'em.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I know a good trick with coins, though.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
By a subtle trick of line, St. Joseph is separated from the holier pair.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
One of these players knew several sharp tricks, and it was hoped that these tricks would help to defeat Dave's seven.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
New and astounding tricks; and easy at that ... if Lily only would!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
That Black Hoof is a devil for thinkin' up tricks.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
A little critical observation will enable them to learn the trick.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Then they see through the trick.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Over half a century of years have passed since then, and each has played off its trick upon us.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
They played me a pitiful trick once: got away with some of my best men.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

Though the city holds thee captive
By trick, and wile, and lure,
Out yonder lies the loveliness
Of things that shall endure.
"The Call" by Virna Sheard
'Them poets have their little tricks;
I think John counted kisses for,
Not two or three or five or six
To rhyme with "sore."'
"What Kisses Had John Keats?" by Robert W Service
Again, shall God, who is the truth,
Say there is heaven and hell
And shall men play that trick of youth
To say, But who can tell?
"An Introduction To The Ensuing Discourse." by John Bunyan
An' syne he laughed, an' syne he sang,
An' syne we thocht him fou,
An' syne he trumped his partner's trick,
An' garred his partner rue.
"The Fall of Jock Gillespie" by Rudyard Kipling
It is not pride that bids me wear
A quiet and untroubled air;
My smiles are no poor tricks of art-
They speak the sunshine of my heart.
"Balm of Gilead" by S C Edgarton
But how shall I who cannot sing?
I was wont to sing, once on a time,—
There is never an echo now to ring
Remembrance back to the trick of rhyme.
"The Way To Arcady" by Henry Cuyler Bunner

In news:

Don't be tricked by Bruiser 's title.
Halloween no less, but this is no trick.
New Tricks Fool Caller ID .
A Trick of the Metastatic Cancer Cell p279.
ALLIANCE University of Mount Union student organizations will trick or treat for canned goods from 5 to 7 pm Monday in the community.
For those about to trick-or-treat, we salute you.
Two precious caped crusaders ready for a night of Trick or Treat.
The city of Powell will host trick-or-treat with a twist this weekend.
Haley claims political consultant pulled ' dirty trick ' in 2010 election.
How many times do you get these "dog trick" videos sent to you from friends.
If you have patience and time, I think most dogs are very capable of learning new tricks.
Three talented pups square off in the finals of a dog trick competition on 'Good Morning America.
Zeke the puppy knows many tricks, but his best was caught on tape and put up on YouTube.
Check out the sweetest dog trick ever below.
I have an adage in the form of a question: "Can you teach old ' dogmas ' new tricks".
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In science:

With the trick Dii = Pj 6=i Mij = Pj 6=i MijMj i , Dii becomes a double-step (i, j, i) in the description as a walk on a graph.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
The trick is to assign the variables xi a probability density such that the contribution of unwanted walks is made to vanish in the average.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
A very large number of transformations, tricks, and formulae have been discovered for sampling from a variety of non-uniform distributions. I shall not discuss them here.
Monte Carlo: Basics
It is possible to calculate this derivative using a certain mathematical trick only.
Reply to "Criticism of `Necessity of Simultaneous Co-Existence of Instantaneous and Retarded Interactions in Classical Electrodynamics' " by J.D.Jackson
Using the diagonal trick, one can extract a subsequence of the Gij ’s that converges weakly, as i decays to −∞, to a limit µj ∈ L1 (Ω, IP), for all j .
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
Using the diagonal trick again, one can find a subsequence of the gij ’s, that converges weakly to µj , for all j .
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
Assuming the matrix elements of all involved matrices to be statistically independent, up to symmetry constraints, one performs the ensemble averaging by the standard trick of representing the ratio of the two determinants in Eq.(56) in terms of Gaussian superintegrals.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
In the last case u ∨ t∗ = 1, ut∗ = 0, by a similar trick we derive u = t.
On simple and semisimple quantales
If the graph is not regular, i.e. if the vertices have varying degrees, we can use one of several tricks to define a random walk with a coin.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
Thus the usual trick to get a torsionfree linear connection, replacing ∇ by ¯∇ = ∇ − 1 2 T , will not work for our nonlinear connections.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
If we now multiply the elements in P by i (the “Weyl unitary trick”), we construct a new noncompact algebra G∗ = K ⊕ iP.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Under the Weyl unitary trick we constructed, in a previous example, this algebra from the compact real form of GC , SU(n, C) = G = K ⊕ P.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
M = P1 ⊕ iP2 = 1 The second involution τ (plus the Weyl trick) gives rise to a non–compact subgroup H =SO(1, 1) and to the symmetric space M ∼ expM and its dual M ∗ ∼ exp(iM).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
If necessary, one can also use these three tricks at the same time.
Convergence to equilibrium for finite Markov processes, with application to the Random Energy Model
One such trick is to assume that the environment is already in the state of equilibrium before interacting with the system, and that it is so large that it remains in equilibrium throughout its interaction.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
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