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trick

Synonyms of trick in English:

noun

  • 1 he's capable of any mean trick
    deceit, deception, trickery, subterfuge, chicanery, sharp practice;
    informalcon, con trick, set-up, game, scam, sting, gyp, flimflam
    British informalwheeze
    North American informalbunco, grift
    Australian informallurk, rort
    South African informalschlenter
    British informal, , datedflanker
    archaicshift, fetch, rig
  • 2 I think he's playing a trick on us
    informalleg-pull, spoof, put-on
    British informalcod
    North American informaldido
    Australian informalgoak
    archaiccutup, quiz
    Scottish archaiccantrip
  • 3 he entertained the children with conjuring tricks
    feat, stunt;
    (tricks)sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation;
  • 4 it was probably a trick of the light
    illusion, optical illusion, deception, figment of the imagination;
    mirage
  • 5 Arthur taught her the tricks of the trade
    technique, knack, art, skill;
    secret
    informalknow-how
  • 6 he sat biting his fingernails, a trick of his when he was excited or angry
    mannerism, habit, practice, quirk, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, foible, eccentricity, way, characteristic, trait
  • Phrases

    do the trick

    1
    informal a glass of whisky did the trick—I slept like a log
    be effective, work, solve the problem, take care of the problem, achieve the desired result, fill/fit the bill;
    North American turn the trick
    informaldo the necessary

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  • many people have been tricked by villains with false identity cards
    deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, take in, dupe, fool, double-cross, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, outmanoeuvre, catch out, gull, hoax, bamboozle, beguile;
    entrap
    North American informalsucker, snooker, goldbrick, give someone a bum steer
    Australian informalpull a swifty on
    archaiccozen, chicane, sell
    rareillude
  • Phrases

    trick someone/something out

    1
    he was tricked out in wide silk trousers, a red sash, and a necklace of silver dollars

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