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Main Entry: 1trick
Pronunciation: primarystresstrik
Function: noun
1 a : an action meant to deceive or cheat b : a mischievous act : PRANK c : an unwise or childish action d : a skillful or clever feat designed to puzzle or amuse <a juggler's tricks>
2 : a habitual peculiarity of behavior or manner <a trick of speech>
3 a : a quick or artful way of getting a result : KNACK <the trick is to do it quickly> b : an instance of getting a desired result <one small adjustment will do the trick>
4 : a technical device (as of an art or craft) <tricks of the trade>
5 : the cards played in one round of a card game
synonyms TRICK, RUSE, WILE, STRATEGEM mean an indirect means to gain an end. TRICK may imply deception, mischief, illusion, and either an evil or harmless end <a trick to make you look younger>. RUSE stresses an attempt to mislead by a false impression <the ruses of smugglers>. WILE suggests an attempt to entrap or deceive with false temptations <used all of his wiles to gain support>. STRATEGEM implies a trick used to entrap, outwit, or surprise an opponent and suggests a more or less carefully laid-out plan <the chess player's strategems>.

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