trick

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain.

If the second proposal is correct, the term is cognate with Low German trekken, Middle High German trecken, trechen, Danish trække, and Old Frisian trekka, Romanian truc and other Romance languages.

Compare track, treachery, trig, and trigger.

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  • enPR: trĭk, IPA(key): /tɹɪk/, [t̠ʰɹ̠̊ɪk]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪk

Noun[edit]

trick (plural tricks)

  1. Something designed to fool or swindle.
    It was just a trick to say that the house was underpriced.
  2. A single element of a magician's (or any variety entertainer's) act; a magic trick.
    And for my next trick, I will pull a wombat out of a duffel bag.
  3. An entertaining difficult physical action.
    That's a nice skateboard, but can you do any tricks on it?
    • 1995, All Aboard for Space: Introducing Space to Youngsters (page 158)
      Yo-yo tricks involving sleeping the yo-yo (like "walking the dog" and "rocking the baby") cannot be performed in space.
  4. An effective, clever or quick way of doing something.
    tricks of the trade;  what's the trick of getting this chair to fold up?
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.
  5. Mischievous or annoying behavior; a prank.
    the tricks of boys
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Prior to this entry?)
  6. (dated) A particular habit or manner; a peculiarity; a trait.
    a trick of drumming with the fingers; a trick of frowning
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, King John Act I, scene I
      He hath a trick of Cœur de Lion's face.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear act IV, scene VI:
      The trick of that voice I do well remember.
  7. A knot, braid, or plait of hair.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  8. (card games) A sequence in which each player plays a card and a winning play is determined.
    I was able to take the second trick with the queen of hearts.
    • 1712, Pope, Alexander, “Canto III”, in The Rape of the Lock, lines 93–94; republished in The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Boston, New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902, page 94:
      And now (as oft in some distemper'd state) / On one nice trick depends the gen'ral fate!
  9. (slang) A sex act, chiefly one performed for payment; an act of prostitution.
    • 1988, John H. Lindquist, Misdemeanor Crime: Trivial Criminal Pursuit, page 43:
      Perhaps the most important thing a prostitute learns is how to "manage" the client; how to con him into spending more money than he planned. Learning how to perform tricks takes only a few minutes. Learning how to "hustle" the client takes longer.
    • 2010, Richard Gill, Paloma Azul, page 139:
      "How did you get into all this?" "I started doing tricks when I was young and I don't mean the magic circle. I learned about sex from an early age. There was nothing else to do in Pitsea except heavy petting and getting F grades at school."
    • 2019, Julie S. Draskoczy, Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag:
      When he later asked her to strip and perform tricks for him, she refused, and he chased her away. She had similar experiences with other men until she eventually fell into prostitution: []
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:trick.
  10. (slang) A customer to a prostitute.
    As the businessman rounded the corner, she thought, "Here comes another trick."
    • 2011, Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life (page 99)
      Ten minutes after she got down she broke luck. A white trick in a thirty-seven Buick picked her up. I timed her. She had racehorse speed.
  11. A daily period of work, especially in shift-based jobs.
    • 1885, Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, The Conductor and Brakeman, page 496:
      On third trick from 12 m. to 8 am, we have W. A. White, formerly operator at Wallula, who thus far has given general satisfaction.
    • 1899, New York (State), Bureau of Statistics, Deptartment of Labor, Annual Report:
      Woodside Junction—On 8 hour basis, first trick $60, second trick $60, third trick $50.
    • 1949, Labor arbitration reports, page 738
      The Union contends that Fifer was entitled to promotion to the position of Group Leader on the third trick in the Core Room Department.
  12. (nautical) A sailor's spell of work at the helm, usually two hours long.
    • 1902, John Masefield, Sea Fever:
      I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
      To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
      And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
      And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
  13. A toy; a trifle; a plaything.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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Verb[edit]

trick (third-person singular simple present tricks, present participle tricking, simple past and past participle tricked)

  1. (transitive) To fool; to cause to believe something untrue; to deceive.
    You tried to trick me when you said that house was underpriced.
  2. (heraldry) To draw (as opposed to blazon - to describe in words).
    • 1600, Hamlet, Act 2, by Shakespeare
      The rugged Pyrrhus, he whose sable arms, / Black as his purpose, did the night resemble / When he lay couched in the ominous horse, / Hath now this dread and black complexion smear'd / With heraldry more dismal; head to foot / Now is he total gules; horridly trick'd / With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons []
    • (Can we date this quote by Ben Jonson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They forget that they are in the statutes: [] there they are tricked, they and their pedigrees.
  3. To dress; to decorate; to adorn fantastically; often followed by up, off, or out.
    • 1735, Alexander Pope, Of the Characters of Women
      Trick her off in air.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Tricking up their children in fine clothes.
    • 1825, Thomas Macaulay, An Essay on John Milton
      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.

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trick (comparative tricker, superlative trickest)

  1. (slang) Stylish or cool.
    Wow, your new sportscar is so trick.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English trick.

Noun[edit]

trick (singular definite tricket, plural indefinite trickene)

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