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noun [countable]     trick pronunciation in American English
/trɪk/
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  1. 1
    an unfair or unpleasant thing that you do in order to harm someone or to get an advantage for yourself
    a dirty/cruel/nasty trick:

    It was a very dirty trick to play on anyone.

    a dirty tricks campaign:

    They had carried out a dirty tricks campaign against a rival airline.

    1. a.
      something that you do in order to annoy someone or to make people laugh at them, often by making them believe something that is not true
      play a trick on someone:

      I thought he was playing a trick on me.

      your eyes are/your memory is playing tricks on you:

      Was it her, or were my eyes playing tricks on me?

  2. 2
    a way of entertaining people by doing something that looks like magic

    For my next trick, I will make the balls disappear.

    do a trick:

    He does this great trick with a hat and two rabbits.

  3. 3
    something that is not really what it seems to be

    Did she really see a boat, or was it just a trick of the light?

  4. 4
    an effective and skillful way of doing something

    There’s a trick to folding up this umbrella.

    the trick is:

    If you want to see her, the trick is to go early.

  5. 5
    the cards that you play or win in one part of a card game
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