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Trick, subst. 1) artifice, stratagem, device: the --s and toys that in them (women) “lurk,” Pilgr. 337. “I'll quickly cross by some sly t. blunt Thurio's dull proceeding,” Gent. II, 6, 41. “this can be no t.” Ado II, 3, 229. “some --s, some quillets, how to cheat the devil,” LLL IV, 3, 288. “I see the t. on't: here was a consent,” V, 2, 460. “teacheth --s eleven and twenty long,” Shr. IV, 2, 57. “I smell the t. on't,” Wint. IV, 4, 657. “I know a t. worth two of that,” H4A II, 1, 41. “what t., what device, what starting-hole,” II, 4, 290. “at this instant he bores me with some t.” H8 I, 1, 128. “that t. of state was a deep envious one,” II, 1, 44. “I abhor this dilatory sloth and --s of Rome,” II, 4, 237. “all his --s founder,” III, 2, 40. “raised only, that the weaker sort may wish good Marcius home again. The very t. on't,” Cor. IV, 6, 70. “with twenty popish --s,” Tit. V, 1, 76. “is it your t. to make me ope the door?” V, 2, 10. “there are no --s in plain and simple faith,” Caes. IV, 2, 22. “there's --s i'the world,” Hml. IV, 5, 5. “his cases, his tenures, and his --s,” V, 1, 109. “--s of custom,” Oth. III, 3, 122. “this is a t. to put me from my suit,” III, 4, 87. “the --s in war,” Cymb. III, 3, 15.
2) a knack, art, a dexterous contrivance: “knows the t. to make my lady laugh,” LLL V, 2, 465. “such --s hath strong imagination,” Mids. V, 18. the sly whoresons “have got a speeding t. to lay down ladies,” H8 I, 3, 40. “here is fine revolution, an we had the t. to see it,” Hml. V, 1, 99. “to prince it much beyond the t. of others,” Cymb. III, 3, 86. “if such --s as these strip you out of your lieutenantry,” Oth. II, 1, 172. R3 I, 1, 14. == a sleight of hand, the legerdemain of a juggler: “have we devils here? do you put --s upon us with savages and men of Ind?” Tp. II, 2, 60. “I must use you in such another t.” IV, 37. “a juggling t., to be secretly open,” Troil. V, 2, 24. “in forgery of shapes and --s,” Hml. IV, 7, 90. cf. Back-trick and Tumbling-trick.
3) particular habit, custom, character: “is the world as it was, man? which is the way? is it sad, and few words, or how? the t. of it?” Meas. III, 2, 55. “I spoke it but according to the t.” V, 510 (== to act in character). “it was alway yet the t. of our English nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common,” H4B I, 2, 240. it is our t. (viz. to weep) Hml. IV, 7, 188. “you laugh when boys or women tell their dreams; is't not your t.?” Ant. V, 2, 75.
4) a peculiarity: “heart too capable of every line and t. of his sweet favour,” All's I, 1, 107. “the t. of his frown,” Wint. II, 3, 100. “he hath a t. of Cordelion's face,” John I, 85. “a villanous t. of thine eye,” H4A II, 4, 446. “the t. of that voice I do well remember,” Lr. IV, 6, 108.
5) a touch, a dash, a trait of character: “yet I have a t. of the old rage: bear with me, I am sick,” LLL V, 2, 416. “a man that had this t. of melancholy sold a goodly manor for a song,” All's III, 2, 9. “put thyself into the t. of singularity,” Tw. II, 5, 164. III, 4, 79. (the fox) “will have a wild t. of his ancestors,” H4A V, 2, 11.
6) any thing done not deliberately, but out of passion or caprice; a vicious or foolish action or practice: “thy eyes' shrewd tutor, that hard heart of thine, hath taught them scornful --s,” Ven. 501. “this glove to wanton --s is not inured,” Lucr. 320. “played some --s of desperation,” Tp. I, 2, 210. “didst thou ever see me do such a t.?” Gent. IV, 4, 43. “that were a t. indeed!” Wiv. II, 2, 117. “plays such fantastic --s before high heaven,” Meas. II, 2, 121. “why would he for the momentary t. be perdurably fined?” Meas. III, 1, 114. “it was a mad fantastical t. of him to steal from the state,” III, 2, 98. “these tardy --s of yours,” H4B IV, 3, 31. “this t. may chance to scathe you,” Rom. I, 5, 86. “these are unsightly --s,” Lr. II, 4, 159. “how comes this t. upon him?” Oth. IV, 2, 129. “'tis one of those odd --s which sorrow shoots out of the mind,” Ant. IV, 2, 14. “jade's tricks:” Ado I, 1, 145. All's IV, 5, 64. Troil. II, 1, 21.
7) any thing mischievously and roguishly done to cross and disappoint another: “the t. you served me,” Gent. IV, 4, 38. “I'll never be drunk whilst I live again, but in honest company, for this t.” Wiv. I, 1, 188. “we will yet have more --s with Falstaff,” III, 3, 203. “if I be served such another t.” III, 5, 7. As IV, 1, 40. “if I put any --s upon 'em,” All's IV, 5, 63. “as good a t. as ever hangman served thief,” Tim. II, 2, 99.
8) Plur. --s == pranks, frolics, jokes: “stands on --s, when I am undisposed,” Err. I, 2, 80. “I have within my mind a thousand raw --s of these bragging Jacks,” Merch. III, 4, 77. “let my horses be well looked to, without any --s,” All's IV, 5, 62. “--s he hath had in him, which gentlemen have,” V, 3, 239. “I'll question you of my lord's --s and yours when you were boys,” Wint. I, 2, 61. “what need these --s?” Troil. V, 1, 15. “you are never without your --s,” Cor. II, 3, 38. cf. Rope-tricks.
9) a toy, a trifle, a plaything: “a knack, a toy, a t., a baby's cap,” Shr. IV, 3, 67. “I remain a pinched thing, yea, a very t. for them to play at will,” Wint. II, 1, 51. “by some chance, some t. not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends,” Cor. IV, 4, 21. “for a fantasy and t. of fame,” Hml. IV, 4, 61.
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