trick out


tricked out; tricking out; tricks out

transitive verb

: to dress (someone or oneself) especially in an unusual or elaborate way
usually used with in
… she tricked herself out in rhinestones, then sashayed into the studio …Steve Fishman
Last week … local merchants tricked themselves out in Santa-and-elf gear to deliver Christmas trees to the needy.Chris Reidy
The Will Ferrell Tour started Thursday morning, at HoHoKam Stadium, when he tricked himself out in an Oakland A's uniform for batting practice amid a sea of cameras and accompanying hubbub.Bob Dutton
: to decorate or equip (something) in an extravagant way
tricked out his car
often used with with
The room was tricked out with ribbons and streamers.
The billionaire electric-car tycoon said he's working on tricking out the forthcoming Tesla Roadster with rocket technology so it can hover above the ground.Noah Manskar
The company rented a rather opulent McMansion far from the strip and tricked it out with sensors, connected light bulbs, smart locks and cameras.Terrence O'Brien

Examples of trick out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was tricked out of the car but then stood with his foot under the tire of the vehicle, preventing her from leaving until a worker drove by, allowing her time to escape. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 22 May 2024 The city is unnamed, and, as for the period, my guess would be late-Victorian steampunk, tricked out with modernist gewgaws. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 One by one, Miami Marlins players, coaches and front office members tricked out to the field at Yankee Stadium about three hours before first pitch on Monday. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 Those with more in-game money can trick out their ships (and even choose the location of their new snap-on parts) or eventually buy and outfit property in a hub city or habitat modules away from it. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2023 Out back, the sparkling pool hosts an inset spa; the poolside cabana, meanwhile, is tricked out with a media room and a home gym. James McClain, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2024 Some of the vehicles are historic, some are movie-related, some are just tricked out. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 Their patterns, too, have been transformed: a snake might be tricked out with pointillist dots, or a single dramatic stripe, or colors dissolving into one another, as in tie-dye. Rebecca Giggs, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 This year’s follow-up, recorded by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National), finds tales of city slog over frizzled guitars and Autechre techno, tricked out with Massive Attack bass pummel. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of trick out was in 1573

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“Trick out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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