Synonyms of trick in English:



  • 1 he's capable of any mean trick
    stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, artifice, wile, dodge; deceit, deception, trickery, subterfuge, chicanery, sharp practice; swindle, hoax, fraud, confidence trick
    informal con, con trick, set-up, game, scam, sting, gyp, flimflam
    British informal wheeze
    North American informal bunco, grift
    Australian informal lurk, rort
    South African informal schlenter
    British informal , dated flanker
    archaic shift, fetch, rig
  • 2 I think he's playing a trick on us
    practical joke, joke, prank, jape, stunt, antic, caper
    informal leg-pull, spoof, put-on
    British informal cod
    North American informal dido
    Australian informal goak
    archaic cutup, quiz
    Scottish archaic cantrip
  • 3 he entertained the children with conjuring tricks
    feat, stunt; (tricks)sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation; magic
  • 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
    informal know-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

    informal a glass of whisky did the trick—I slept like a logbe effectiveworksolve the problemtake care of the problemachieve the desired resultfill/fit the billNorth Americanturn 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 informal sucker, snooker, goldbrick, give someone a bum steer
    Australian informal pull a swifty on
    archaic cozen, chicane, sell
    rare illude
  • Phrases

    trick someone/something out

    he was tricked out in wide silk trousers, a red sash, and a necklace of silver dollarsdress (up)arrayattirerig outgarbget upadorndecoratedeck (out)embellishornamentfestoon literarybedeckaccoutreapparelbedizencaparisontrap outfurbelow

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