[syn: flim-flam, play a joke on, play tricks, trick, fob, fox, pull a fast one on, play a trick on]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trick \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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trick \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
People lavish it profusely in tricking up their
children in fine clothes, and yet starve their
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick
on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it" [syn:
trick, fast one]
2: a period of work or duty
3: an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent;
"that offer was a dirty trick"
4: a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement [syn:
antic, joke, prank, trick, caper, put-on]
5: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn:
magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic,
legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion,
6: a prostitute's customer [syn: whoremaster, whoremonger,
7: (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played
by all the players; the high card is the winner
v 1: deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking
that class would be cancelled next week" [syn: flim-flam,
play a joke on, play tricks, trick, fob, fox,
pull a fast one on, play a trick on]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
439 Moby Thesaurus words for "trick":
ability, accomplishment, ace, action, ad hoc measure, affectation,
airy nothing, alibi, anchor watch, answer, antic, apology, aroma,
art, artful dodge, artifice, attribute, autism, automatism,
bad habit, badge, bag of tricks, bamboozle, be effective, befool,
beguile, best bower, betray, bilk, bit, blind, bluff, bosey, bower,
brand, bubble, cabal, cachet, cajole, cantrip, caper, cards, cast,
catch, catchy, character, characteristic, cheat, cheat on, chicane,
chicanery, chimera, chouse, circumvent, cloak, clubs, collusion,
color, command of language, complicity, complot, con, confederacy,
configuration, conjure, connivance, conspiracy, contrivance,
contriving, countermove, counterplot, coup, course of action,
cover, cover story, cover-up, covin, cozen, craft,
creature of habit, crotchet, curve, curve-ball, custom, cut,
cute trick, day shift, daydream, deceit, deceive, deception, deck,
deed, deep-laid plot, defective, defraud, delude, deluded belief,
delusion, demarche, dereism, design, deuce, device, diamonds,
diddle, dido, differentia, differential, dirty deal, dirty trick,
distinctive feature, do the trick, dodge, dogwatch, double-cross,
dream, dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, dummy, dupe, earmark,
eccentricity, effort, engineering, exaggeration, excuse, expedient,
expression of ideas, facade, face cards, fake out, fakement,
false belief, fashion, fast deal, feat, feature, feel,
feeling for words, feint, fetch, ficelle, figure, fill the bill,
finagling, finesse, flavor, flimflam, flush, foible, fool,
force of habit, forestall, form of speech, frame-up, fraud, frolic,
front, full house, full time, gag, gambit, game, gammon,
get around, gift, gimmick, gloss, googly, grace of expression,
grandiloquence, graveyard shift, grift, guise, gull, gust, habit,
habit pattern, habitude, half time, hallmark, hand, handle, hang,
have, hearts, hoax, hocus-pocus, hoodwink, hornswaggle, horseplay,
humbug, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, ignis fatuus, illusion, imposture,
impress, impression, improvisation, index, individualism,
inflation, insecure, intrigue, jack, jape, jig, joker, juggle,
jugglery, jury-rig, jury-rigged expedient, keynote, kid, king,
knack, knave, knavery, lame excuse, last expedient, last resort,
last shift, left bower, leg-pull, legerdemain, let down,
lineaments, literary style, little game, lobster trick,
locus standi, machination, magic, make merry with, makeshift,
maneuver, maneuvering, manipulation, manner, manner of speaking,
mannerism, mark, marking, mask, means, measure, minauderie,
misbelief, mischief, misconception, misguide, misinform, mislead,
mock, mode, mode of expression, mold, monkeyshines, move, nature,
night shift, odor, ostensible motive, outmaneuver, outreach,
outsmart, outwit, overreach, overtime, pack, pair, part time,
particularity, pass, pattern, peculiar trait, peculiarity,
personal style, picture cards, pigeon, pipe dream, pis aller,
play one false, play pranks, play tricks, playing cards, plot,
plotting, ploy, poor excuse, practical joke, practice, prank,
praxis, pretense, pretension, pretext, property, protestation,
public motive, put one on, put something over, put-off, quality,
queen, quirk, racket, red herring, refuge, relay, resort, resource,
rhetoric, rigging, rook, round, royal flush, rubber, ruff, ruse,
savor, scheme, schemery, scheming, screen, scurvy trick, seal,
second nature, secret, self-deceit, self-deception, self-delusion,
semblance, shake-up, shaky, sham, shape, shenanigans, shift, show,
singleton, singularity, skill, sleight, sleight of hand,
sleight-of-hand trick, smack, smoke screen, snow, solution, spades,
specialty, split schedule, split shift, spoof, sport,
stalking-horse, stamp, step, stereotype, stereotyped behavior,
stint, stopgap, straight, strain, stratagem, strategy,
string along, stroke, stroke of policy, stunt, style,
stylistic analysis, stylistics, subterfuge, suffice, sunrise watch,
swindle, swing shift, tactic, taint, take, take in, tang, taste,
technique, temporary expedient, the grand style, the plain style,
the sublime, time, token, tomfoolery, touch, touchy, tour,
tour of duty, trademark, trait, trey, trick of behavior, trickery,
tricky, trip, trump, turn, turn of work, turn the trick,
twist and turn, two-time, undependable, underplot, unreliable,
unstable, untrustworthy, usage, use, vapor, varnish, veil, vein,
victimize, waggish trick, watch, way, weakness, web of intrigue,
wile, wily device, wire-pulling, wont, work, work shift,
working hypothesis, working proposition, wrong impression