dirty tricks

plural noun

Definition of dirty tricks

: underhanded stratagems for obtaining secret information about or sabotaging an enemy or for discrediting an opponent (as in politics)

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Examples of dirty tricks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the exam is marred not only by dirty tricks such as the one that denied Ms Chen her place. The Economist, "Another kind of test As students prepare for China’s college-entrance exam, a scandal brews," 5 July 2020 These are just some of the dirty tricks allegedly used by six former eBay security officials in a harassment campaign against the publishers of a blog focused on the company. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Cockroaches, a bloody pig mask, and a coverup. The 5 craziest allegations against former eBay officials," 15 June 2020 From dirty tricks to media manipulation, brazen lies about crowd sizes to the weaponization of privilege, her ghost is everywhere, and it may never be banished. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The First Great TV Series of the Year," 17 Apr. 2020 Checkra1n does some dirty tricks like interrupting USB transfers mid-way, and there's no user-level API for that. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "You can now jailbreak an iPhone with an Android phone," 4 Mar. 2020 Fortune SoftBank intrigue The Journal has one heck of a piece alleging that SoftBank Vision Fund chief Rajeev Misra got that position via a series of dirty tricks against his rivals. David Meyer, Fortune, "Trying to cure Covid-19," 27 Feb. 2020 There are allegations of espionage and dirty tricks by a foreign power during a race for the White House. The Economist, "Brought to book Why Julian Assange’s extradition case will get political," 23 Feb. 2020 Who knows what dirty tricks the Trump campaign might try, or how inscrutable swing voters might react? Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Hey Democrats, it's okay to vote for Bernie Sanders," 12 Feb. 2020 In this age of total information manipulation, ads from the big luxury fashion companies contain what may be the most diabolical use of advanced social psychology, murky motivational levers, and Madison Avenue dirty tricks. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dirty tricks

1963, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2020

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“Dirty tricks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20tricks. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dirty tricks

: secret and dishonest activities that are done to ruin someone's or something's chance of success

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