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trick (n.)

early 15c., "a cheat, a mean ruse," from Old North French trique "trick, deceit, treachery, cheating," from trikier "to deceive, to cheat," variant of Old French trichier "to cheat, trick, deceive," of uncertain origin, probably from Vulgar Latin *triccare, from Latin tricari "be evasive, shuffle," from tricæ "trifles, nonsense, a tangle of difficulties," of unknown origin.

Meaning "a roguish prank" is recorded from 1580s; sense of "the art of doing something" is first attested 1610s. Meaning "prostitute's client" is first attested 1915; earlier it was U.S. slang for "a robbery" (1865). To do the trick "accomplish one's purpose" is from 1812; to miss a trick "fail to take advantage of opportunity" is from 1889; from 1872 in reference to playing the card-game of whist, which might be the original literal sense. Trick-or-treat is recorded from 1942. Trick question is from 1907.

trick (v.)

"deceive by trickery," 1590s, from trick (n.). Related: Tricked; tricking. The sense of "to dress, adorn" (c. 1500) is perhaps a different word entirely.

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Definitions of trick from WordNet
1
trick (n.)
a cunning or deceitful action or device;
he played a trick on me
Synonyms: fast one
trick (n.)
a period of work or duty;
trick (n.)
an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent;
that offer was a dirty trick
trick (n.)
a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement;
Synonyms: antic / joke / prank / caper / put-on
trick (n.)
an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers;
Synonyms: magic trick / conjuring trick / magic / legerdemain / conjuration / thaumaturgy / illusion / deception
trick (n.)
a prostitute's customer;
Synonyms: whoremaster / whoremonger / john
trick (n.)
(card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner;
2
trick (v.)
deceive somebody;
We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week
Synonyms: flim-flam / play a joke on / play tricks / fob / fox / pull a fast one on / play a trick on
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