trick question


: a deceptive question that is intended to make one give an answer that is not correct or that causes difficulty

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This wasn’t some trick question. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2023 Here’s its correct answer to a trick question that confused Microsoft’s Bing bot, built on GPT-4: Geoffrey: What are the hours of Al’s Place in San Francisco? Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2022

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“Trick question.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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