Definition of trick or treat in English:

trick or treat

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noun

  • A children’s custom of calling at houses at Halloween with the threat of pranks if they are not given a small gift (often used as a greeting by children doing this).
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    • At 7.30 pm recently we had an insistent ringing on the door by children dressed for trick or treat.
    • Unlike trick or treat, Mischief Night is a long-standing British tradition.
    • The police chief superintendent has warned that trick or treat could be considered a serious criminal offence.

verb

[no object] (trick-or-treat) Back to top  
  • Take part in the custom of trick or treat: kids are going to go trick-or-treating tomorrow night
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    • My little boy wanted to go begging - sorry, trick or treating.
    • Our community is the sort where children go trick or treating on Hallowe'en.
    • Parents were warned not to let their children go out trick or treating alone.

Derivatives

trick-or-treater

noun

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