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trick

Synonyms and Antonyms of trick

1 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
  • He used every trick in the book to get out of appearing in the charity's fashion show.
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sleight of hand

2 a playful or mischievous act intended as a joke
  • I thought that gluing the silver dollar to the floor and watching him struggle to pick it up would be a good trick.
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3 a usual manner of behaving or doing
  • That deadbeat is up to his usual tricks: once again he's claiming the check is in the mail.
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4 an act of notable skill, strength, or cleverness
  • It'd be quite a trick to hit that target from here.
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Synonym Discussion of trick

trick, ruse, stratagem, maneuver, artifice, wile, feint mean an indirect means to gain an end. trick may imply deception, roguishness, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end.
    • the tricks of the trade
ruse stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression.
    • the ruses of smugglers
stratagem implies a ruse used to entrap, outwit, circumvent, or surprise an opponent or enemy.
    • the stratagem-filled game
maneuver suggests adroit and skillful avoidance of difficulty.
    • last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy
artifice implies ingenious contrivance or invention.
    • the clever artifices of the stage
wile suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false allurements.
    • used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself
feint implies a diversion or distraction of attention away from one's real intent.
    • a feint toward the enemy's left flank

trick

Synonyms and Antonyms of trick

to cause to believe what is untrue
  • You tricked me into thinking this wasn't a surprise party for me.
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do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes

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