1. An artifice or stratagem; a cunning contrivance; a sly procedure, usually with a dishonest intent; as, a trick in trade.
He comes to me for counsel, and I show him a trick. --South.
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.
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 Cœur de Lion's face. --Shak.
5. A knot, braid, or plait of hair. [Obs.]
6. Card Playing The whole number of cards played in one round, and consisting of as many cards as there are players.
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.]
Syn: -- Stratagem; wile; fraud; cheat; juggle; finesse; sleight; deception; imposture; delusion; imposition.
Trick v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tricked p. pr. & vb. n. Tricking.]
1. To deceive by cunning or artifice; to impose on; to defraud; to cheat; as, to trick another in the sale of a horse.
2. To dress; to decorate; to set off; to adorn fantastically; -- often followed by up, off, or out. “ Trick her off in air.”
People lavish it profusely in tricking up their children in fine clothes, and yet starve their minds. --Locke.
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. --B. Jonson.
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: 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, caper, put-on]
5: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
[syn: magic trick, conjuring trick, magic, legerdemain,
conjuration, illusion, deception]
v : deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that
class would be cancelled next week" [syn: fob, fox, pull
a fast one on, play a trick on]