Meaning of “do the trick” in the English Dictionary

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"do the trick" in British English

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do the trick

informal

C2 If something does the trick, it has the necessary or wanted effect:

This sauce needs more flavour - I know, some lemon juice should/ought to do the trick.

(Definition of “do the trick” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"do the trick" in American English

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do the trick

also do the job

infml to achieve the desired result:

I need something to put these papers in – this folder should do the trick.

(Definition of “do the trick” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)