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trick

noun [C]  /trɪk/ us  

trick noun [C] (ACT OF DECEIVING)

an action intended to deceive, either as a way of cheating someone or as a joke or form of entertainment: He showed us some card tricks. trick or treat Trick or treat is what children say on Halloween, when they dress to look frightening or amusing and visit people’s homes to ask for candy: Are your kids too old for trick or treating (= visiting people’s homes to ask for candy)?

trick noun [C] (METHOD)

a quick or effective way of doing something: What’s the trick to pulling out this sofa bed?

trick

adjective [not gradable]  /trɪk/ us  

trick adjective [not gradable] (WEAK)

(of a part of the body, esp. a joint) sometimes feeling weak suddenly and unexpectedly: I’ve had a trick knee ever since I played football.

trick

verb [T]  /trɪk/ us  

trick verb [T] (DECEIVE)

to make someone believe something that is not true, or to persuade someone to do something based on a false understanding of the facts: She tricked me into telling her what I was up to.
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