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trick
American English: /trɪk/
British English: /trɪk/

Translation of trick in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 (ruse) it was a trick to get him to confess
    fue una trampa or un ardid para que confesara
    they played a dirty trick on him
    le jugaron una mala pasada
    le hicieron una mala jugada
    it's just a trick of the light
    es la luz que engaña
    (before noun) trick photograph
    fotografía (feminine) trucada
    trick photography a trick question
    una pregunta con trampa
    see also dirty tricks
    Example sentences
    • Irham said that candidates were found to have used various tricks to deceive the poll commission in their registration documents.
    • Its surprisingly short length is a cunning trick, since this tantalizing opening leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting to hear a few more snippets.
    • They just could not understand how anyone would be deceived by the trick.
    1.2 (prank, joke) to play a trick on somebody
    hacerle or gastarle una broma a alguien
    my eyes must be playing tricks on me
    debo de estar viendo visiones
    she's up to her old tricks again
    ya está otra vez haciendo de las suyas
    how's tricks? [slang]
    ¿qué tal? [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • He flits and flies all over the camp, scampers and gambols, plays little mischievous tricks on everyone.
    • It might be love if only they can stop playing nasty practical tricks on each other.
    • In the majority of Western cultures, tricks and jokes are played on the bride and groom separately at small parties held prior to the big day.
  • 2 (feat, skilful act) to do card tricks
    hacer trucos con las cartas
    I've taught my dog to do tricks
    le he enseñado al perro a hacer gracias
    the trick is to add the oil slowly
    el truco or el secreto está en añadir el aceite poco a poco
    she knows every trick in the book
    se las sabe todas [colloquial]
    we've tried every trick in the book
    hemos intentado todo lo habido y por haber
    he knows all the tricks of the trade
    se sabe todos los trucos del oficio
    give it a good thump, that should do the trick
    dale un buen golpe y verás como funciona
    thanks for those pills, they did the trick
    gracias por las pastillas, me hicieron or (Spain) me fueron muy bien
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    Example sentences
    • I would not be allowed to watch him and Aiken perform little magic tricks for my amusement.
    • A Western team filmed him with infrared cameras and, of course, were able to show that he was performing a conjuring trick.
    • They introduced him to the village; he played his gramophone, performed conjuring tricks, put on puppet shows, and talked about justice for the peasants.
    Example sentences
    • With a few cunning camera tricks and makeup, he literally becomes a paralyzed man, both of body and of heart.
    • There is a very cunning trick to the site, but it took me some time to spot what it was.
    • First, I note that many readers thought that some intended camera trick had brought about these strange smears and trails.
  • 3 (habit) See examples: to have a trick of -inghe has a trick of turning up when we're about to eat
    tiene la costumbre de aparecerse cuando estamos por comer
    the generator has a trick of cutting out every half hour
    al generador le da por apagarse cada media hora [colloquial]
  • 4 (in card games) to take/win a trick
    hacerse/ganar una baza
    he/she doesn't miss o never misses a trick
    no se le escapa ni una
    Example sentences
    • Next, the players play to tricks, with the winner of each trick replacing their card with their choice of one of two exposed cards and the loser receiving the other card.
    • When all the cards have been played each player counts the value of the cards in their tricks.
    • If all players discard their final card on the same trick, no points are awarded.

transitive verb

  • he tricked us!
    ¡nos ha engañado!
    to trick somebody into -ing
    engañar a alguien para que + subjunctive
    to trick somebody out of something
    birlarle algo a alguien
    I was tricked out of my inheritance
    me birlaron la herencia [colloquial]

adjective (before noun)

  • 1.1
    (cigar/spider)
    de juguete
    de mentira
    de pega (Spain) [colloquial]
    1.2
    (American English)
    con problemas
    Example sentences
    • It is not an optical illusion or trick photography.
    • For some reason, I'm a sucker for trick questions.
    • Do you understand that I will not ask any trick questions on this test?
    Example sentences
    • More than once he'd predicted a storm, rain or otherwise, because his trick knee was acting up or another kind of disaster because his elbows were aching.
    • I had to quietly excuse myself from a Vinyasa class with mutterings of trick knee.
    • Individuals with minor knee pain, clicking, giving way or a "trick knee" usually are experiencing the earliest symptoms of arthritis.

Phrasal verbs

trick out

verb + object + adverb

Definition of trick in:

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