up to one's (old) tricks

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of up to one's (old) tricks

informal
:doing the kind of dishonest things that one has done in the past

Word by Word Definitions

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

trick play tricks
  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


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