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English definition of “play a joke/trick on sb”

play a joke/trick on sb

to confuse someone or cause problem for them: I thought I heard something - my ears must have been playing tricks on me. Fate played a cruel trick on him when he was injured in his first game.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
(Definition of play a joke/trick on sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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