try/use every trick in the book

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of try/use every trick in the book

: to do everything one can to achieve something
  • They'll use every trick in the book to get you to buy their products.
  • He tried every trick in the book to get the car started, but nothing worked.

Word by Word Definitions

try play
  1. : to make an attempt

  2. : to make an attempt at

  3. : to put to test or trial

  1. : an experimental trial : attempt

  2. : a play in rugby that is similar to a touchdown in football, scores usually five points, and entitles the scoring side to attempt a placekick at the goal for additional points

use play
  1. : the act or practice of employing something : employment, application

  2. : the fact or state of being used

  3. : a method or manner of employing or applying something

  1. : accustom, habituate

  2. : to put into action or service : avail oneself of : employ

  3. : to consume or take (liquor, drugs, etc.) regularly

every play
  1. : being each individual or part of a group without exception

  2. : being each in a series or succession

  3. : being all taken severally

trick play
  1. : a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud

  2. : a mischievous act : prank

  3. : a deceptive, dexterous, or ingenious feat

  1. : to deceive by cunning or artifice : cheat

  2. : to dress or adorn fancifully or ornately : ornament

  1. : of or relating to or involving tricks or trickery

  2. : skilled in or used for tricks

  3. : somewhat defective and unreliable

book play
  1. : a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory

  2. : a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together between a front and back cover

  3. : a long written or printed literary composition

  1. : derived from books (see 1book 1) and not from practical experience

  2. : shown by ledgers

  1. : to register (something, such as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings)

  2. : to schedule engagements for

  3. : to set aside time for


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