Meaning of “play a joke/trick on sb” in the English Dictionary

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"play a joke/trick on sb" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “play a joke/trick on sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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