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Tricks, pretenses and dishonest plans - thesaurus

Synonyms

spot fixing

noun

in sport, making sure that a specific event happens during a game so that people who know this can win money by betting on it

ploy

noun

a way of tricking or confusing someone in order to get an advantage or to make them do what you want

hoax

noun

a trick in which someone deliberately tells people that something bad is going to happen or that something is true when it is not

dodge

noun

a dishonest way to avoid doing something unpleasant

ruse

noun

a plan or trick used for hiding your true intentions

dirty tricks

noun

dishonest ways of defeating or harming an opponent, especially in politics

prank

noun

a silly trick that you play on someone to surprise them

scheme

noun

a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest

trick

noun

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

trick

noun

an unfair or unpleasant thing that you do in order to harm someone or to get an advantage for yourself

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April fool

noun

a trick that you play on someone on April FoolsDay

bluster

noun

angry or threatening talk or behavior from someone who wants to hide their fear or nervousness

booby trap

noun

old-fashioned a trick or joke in which someone arranges for something to fall on you or frighten you

caper

noun

informal an activity that is not honest or not very serious

cat and mouse

noun

a situation in which you let someone else believe that they have managed to escape, before you actually catch them

cheat

noun

something that is dishonest or unfair

con

noun

informal a dishonest plan or method for making someone give you money

confidence game

noun

a trick in which someone persuades another person to trust them and then gets money from them

con game

noun

a plan to steal people’s money by tricking them

contrivance

noun

a plan to trick someone in order to get something for yourself, or the use of such a plan

cover-up

noun

an attempt to stop people from discovering the truth about something, especially a crime or a serious mistake

cut

noun

a situation in which you pretend not to see or recognize someone you know

delaying tactics

noun

things that are deliberately said or done to make a process slower

fiddle

noun

informal a dishonest method of getting money or other benefits

fix

noun

a dishonest arrangement intended to produce a particular result

flimflam

noun

informal a plan to steal from or cheat someone

gag

noun

informal a joke, trick, or story that makes people laugh

gamesmanship

noun

a way of increasing your chances of success against an opponent by doing things to make your opponent lose confidence

hocus-pocus

noun

an activity or a belief that you think has no value and is intended to trick people

hustle

noun

a dishonest way of making money

intrigue

noun

a secret plan to harm or cheat someone, or the process of making such a plan

jape

noun

mainly Britishold-fashioned a trick that you play on someone to make them feel silly or look stupid

maneuver

noun

a clever plan or action that you use to get something you want, especially one that uses illegal or dishonest methods

mind game

noun

a series of actions intended to affect how someone thinks and feels, especially in order to make them confused or less confident

monkeyshines

noun

Americaninformal silly tricks or jokes

the oldest trick in the book

a dishonest method of doing something that you know about because it has been used many times before

practical joke

noun

a trick that is intended to surprise someone or make them look silly

pretence

the British spelling of pretense

pretense

noun

a way of behaving that does not honestly express your real feelings, thoughts, or intentions

put-up job

noun

informal an event or situation that has been secretly planned in order to trick someone

routine

noun

a false way of behaving that is intended to achieve a particular result

scam

noun

informal a dishonest plan, especially for getting money

setup

noun

informal a situation in which someone cheats or tricks you, especially by making you look guilty when you are not

smoke screen

noun

something that you say or do as a way of hiding your real feelings, intentions, or activities

snare

noun

literary a trick that catches someone and keeps them in an unpleasant situation

sophistry

noun

formal arguments or explanations that seem clever and correct but are really false and used for tricking people

stalking horse

noun

an action intended to hide what someone is really trying to do

stitch-up

noun

informal a dishonest or unfair arrangement or result

stratagem

noun

formal a plan for achieving something or for tricking someone

subterfuge

noun

formal the use of lies and tricks

trap

noun

a trick that is designed to catch someone or to make them do or say something that they did not want to do or say

trick

noun

something that is not really what it seems to be

whitewash

noun

an attempt to stop people from discovering the true facts about something, in order to prevent someone in authority from being criticized

wind-up

noun

Britishinformal something that you say or do to deliberately annoy or trick someone

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