trick out

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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)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.


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