Trick. n.s. [treck, Dutch.]
- A sly fraud.
Sir Thomas Moor said, that a trick of law had no less power than the wheel of fortune, to lift men up, or cast them down. Raleigh.
A bantering droll took a journey to Delphos, to try if he could put a trick upon Apollo. L'Estrange's Fables.
Such a one thinks to find some shelter in my friendship, and I betray him: he comes to me for counsel and I shew him a trick. South.
He swore by Stix,
Whate'er she wou'd desire, to grant;
But wise Ardelia knew his tricks. Swift.
- A dexterous artifice.
Gather the lowest and leaving the top,
Shall teach thee a trick for to double thy crop. Tusser.
And now, as oft in some distemper'd state,
On one nice trick depends the gen'ral fate. Pope.
- A vicious practice.
Suspicion shall be stuck full of eyes:
For treason is but trusted like a fox,
Who ne'er so tame, so cherish'd and lock'd up,
Will have a wild trick of his ancestors. Shakespeare.
I entertain you with somewhat more worthy than the stale exploded trick of fulsom panegyricks. Dryden.
Some friends to vice pretend,
That I the tricks of youth too roughly blame. Dryden.
- A juggle; an antick; any thing done to cheat jocosely, or to divert.
A rev'rend prelate stopp'd his coach and six,
To laugh a little at our Andrew's tricks. Prior.
- An unexpected effect.
So fellest foes who broke their sleep,
To take the one the other, by some chance,
Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends. Shakesp. Coriolanus.
- A practice; a manner; a habit.
I spoke it but according to the trick: if you'll hang me you may. Shakespeare.
The trick of that voice I well remember. Shakespeare.
Although the print be little, the whole matter
And copy of the father; eye, nose, lip,
The trick of 's frown, his forehead. Shak. Winter's Tale.
- A number of cards laid regularly up in play: as, a trick of cards.