Meaning of “the oldest trick in the book” in the English Dictionary

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"the oldest trick in the book" in British English

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the oldest trick in the book

a way of tricking someone that is still effective although it has been used a lot before:

It was the oldest trick in the book - one man distracted me while another stole my wallet.

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

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