Perhaps from dialectal English trig out (“to dress smartly”), perhaps an alteration of rig out. More at trig.
trick out (third-person singular simple present tricks out, present participle tricking out, simple past and past participle tricked out)
- (informal, transitive, of a person or thing) To dress or decorate in an especially fancy, elaborate, or excessive manner.
1869, Mark Twain, chapter 50, in The Innocents Abroad:
- We went down a flight of fifteen steps below the ground level, and stood in a small chapel tricked out with tapestry hangings, silver lamps, and oil paintings.
- 1883, Stevenson, Treasure Island
- He was tricked out in his best: an immense blue coat, thick with brass buttons, hung as low as to his knees, and a fine laced hat was set on the back of his head.
1913, John Galsworthy, chapter 6, in The Dark Flower:
- That stare was as if he saw her—a doll tricked out in garments labelled soul, spirit, rights, responsibilities, dignity, freedom—all so many words.
- (informal, transitive, of a motor vehicle, etc.) To mod or customize an object, typically for the purposes of personalization and enhancing performance capabilities such as the ability to perform stunts.
- His friends were particularly impressed with the way he tricked out his Ruckus.
- 2007, Davide Kiley, "Ford, Funkmaster Flex Co-Pimp a Ride," Bloomberg Businessweek, 5 April (retrieved 4 Aug. 2010):
- Tricking out cars, trucks, and SUVs with the likes of body kits, engine boosters, custom colors, and wheels has become a $30 billion a year business.