Phrases with "trick"

For all his good-humour and diffidence of speech, he had a trick of shutting his teeth which all respected. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was always like this, unappalled by anything which might happen, eager only to turn every trick of fortune to his own ends. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Hope The trick that had served with the sergeant of police would not do now. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Joseph Furphy He’s got red o’ Pilot.” “Look here, Mosey,” said Thompson slowly: “I’d rather — so help me God — I’d rather cut my own throat than do a trick like that. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

I did not go in for such a girl’s trick as to faint; but I never afterwards could trace the minutes as they had passed until Tod was lying on the grass under the trees. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

Thomas Hardy He began to have misgivings as to some queer trick that his migratory Beloved was about to play him, or rather the capricious Divinity behind that ideal lady. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Thomas Hardy Newson might converse with his fellow-travellers, some of whom might be Casterbridge people; and the trick would be discovered. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Then, as a postscript, Ramon let his bad temper go and added, “See here, Diana, don’t you try to play any trick with me and think you can get away with it. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

These two days’ fishing had put everything else out of my mind, a trick fishing always has with me. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Anthony Hope Rudolf had caught the meaning of the great and audacious trick which Sapt and his companion had played. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

F. Scott Fitzgerald No more Sam Pepys, but something trick and trashy. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Frances Hodgson Burnett Even when she tried to force it so far into the background of her existence that it might almost be counted as forgotten, it had a trick of rising before her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe From the manner of gathering up a trick he judges whether the person taking it can make another in the suit. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

William Makepeace Thackeray For four-and-twenty hours the happy chevalier paraded through Paris with this flaring yellow ribbon; and he was not undeceived until his friends had another trick in store for him. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

H. G. Wells There was also included some very obscure verse and prose that had the trick of seeming wise. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Arnold Bennett No experience would suffice to cure her trick of continually expecting him to notice things which he never did notice. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Kingsley She was not only stone deaf, but had a trick of talking aloud, like the old lady in “Pickwick,” under the impression that she was only thinking, which was a very disconcerting habit indeed. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells What is the good of dreaming? Life and chance have played a trick upon my body and soul. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle At first I could not understand this trick of his, but soon I observed that he only did it when a peculiar noise —“yoy, yoy, yoy”— came from somewhere among the oak woods beneath us. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Theodore Dreiser They laid themselves and us open to just such a trick as has been worked in this case. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Jack London I was enamoured of the ancient trick whereby an iron basin, containing a rat, is fastened to a man’s body. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle As far as the church door he brought her, and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a four-wheeler and out at the other. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

His hair was white; there was no trick about that; and his face was another white. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

William Cowper And let that pass—’twas but a trick of state. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Besides, he knew by the way she was pressing her hands together — a trick familiar to him whenever she was in difficulties — that she was absorbed in what she was trying to say. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle I can even recall that he had a trick of keeping a straw in the corner of his mouth, just where he used afterwards to hold his pipe. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Robert Louis Stevenson Authors, at least, know it well; a heroine will too often start the trick of “getting ugly;” and no disease is more difficult to cure. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

They use every trick and artifice to rob us and, in return, we do everything to baulk them. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

He was tall, strongly made, somewhat gaunt and swift-looking about the limbs, with a slight stoop in the shoulders, and a trick of swinging his gloves in his right hand as he went along. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Anthony Trollope To put her ear to a keyhole, or to listen at a chink, was a trick for a housemaid. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The famous Monarque, for instance, would never consciously look at the dam of Gladiateur, and a trick had to be practised. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

This is the old trick illustrated in Lord Bacon’s story of the gifts of the shipwrecked people, hung up in the temple. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ford Madox Ford That was a Christopher Tietjens trick — not a Tietjens family trick. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell He hid his face upon her shoulder with the old affectionate trick of manner. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

This trick also is a trick of the stage, where it often enough makes the judicious grieve. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When she liked a man, that was trick enough. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s a crazy idea of Schoatze’s! He wants to make a trick diagnosis and get a lot of credit. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle That trick of staining the fishes’ scales of a delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter becomes even more simple. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

But now, our turn is come; and you may say your prayers, for you are standing on your own grave!” “Oh,” remarked Foxley. “That tricing men up to a beam is a very common trick of his. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Being a little tired after my perambulations, I lay back in my chair, and shutting my eyes, fell to ruminating on the queer trick Fate had played me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

I pulled the string that opens the door and listened, but not hearing any one close the door or come upstairs, I said to myself: ‘Some mischievous fellow has been playing a trick on me. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James She looked much more than her age, and was fairly frightened — as if I had been trying on her some possibly heartless London trick — when she had taken in my appeal. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Sir Walter Scott Take courage, I will go with you myself — you cannot know the trick of the spring, and the chest will be too heavy for you. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing It’s a trick the capitalists found out. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Richard Middleton employs the same idea in a story of a conjurer who nightly plays a trick in public, causing his wife to seem to disappear into space. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Rudyard Kipling More than that, by God, I will not do! There’s no trick o’ the trade I’m not acquaint wi’——” ‘“So I’ve heard,” says McRimmon, dry as a biscuit. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

I chuckled, too, with glee, thinking how I had repaid the red-faced man, both for his cruelty to the seagulls and the caddish, low-down trick of his car having been driven so dangerously close to me. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

O Irene, what a trick you have played us!” “I loved him too well to give him up,” faltered the girl. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Rudyard Kipling These wrestler-chaps have got sort sort of trick that lets the other chap do all the work. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Andrew Lang Your funny people — your Costigans and Fokers — were not mere characters of trick and catch-word, were not empty comic masks. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton But what he said was worth listening to, though he had a trick of balancing one clause against another, with alternate gestures of his large, loose hands, which some found a trifle irritating. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Gissing And now Joseph had played her the trick she anticipated; he had saved himself out of her clutches, and had carried off all his money with him. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rudyard Kipling But, besides all these things, he knew every trick and device of the finest game of the world, and for two seasons he had been teaching the others all he knew or guessed. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is trying to play a trick on us. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

G. K. Chesterton This is the first case of the Shavian trick of turning on the romantic rationalists with their own rationalism. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry James As a trick of this bold and sensitive girl, however, it became romantic — a part of the general romance of her freedom, her errand, her innocence. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Rafael Sabatini It was a trick that had done him good service aforetime, and it did not fail him now. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

D. H. Lawrence He’s got a dozen minds, and uneasily he’s aware of it, and to commit himself to anyone of them is merely playing a trick on himself and his interlocutor. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Rudyard Kipling She had a trick of tossing her head sideways and upwards, sometimes in the midst of her overseeing, and would say: ‘Well, well! I can’t keep at this all the time. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Frances Hodgson Burnett My mind has a trick of dragging back to me a memory of a village girl who was left as—as she is. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had a trick of dropping her voice almost to a whisper. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells You have a trick of steadfastness. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Mrs. Gaskell And a blow of fresh air at the door will do my head good, and it’s rather got a trick of aching. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Rudyard Kipling But what would they do with our Colonel? I don’t catch the run o’ this new trick of company officers thinkin’ for themselves. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had hung up coat and vest and spread his shirt on another hanger — a trick of his own. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith All who are worth anything in our country are strained in every fibre, and it’s my trick to be half in love with anyone of them when he is persecuted. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

It was Tommy’s trick at the wheel, and as it was within half an hour of the relief (seven thirty in the morning), the captain judged it not worth while to change him. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

E. F. Benson With her eye and her mind still glued to the cards, she absently unwrapped it, and took its contents from its coverings just as the last trick was being played. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Washington Irving His return was unknown except to one of the believers in ghosts, who concerted with him a trick to be played off on the opposite party. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Andrew Lang A conjurer cannot explain a trick merely from a description, especially a description by a non-conjurer. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Hereupon was his mother sore vexed, that he should have taken to a trick like this; she said he would never fail to be the most reckless of men. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Arthur Morrison I don’t play a trick on a pal. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton In its lower forms the thing becomes a most unmilitary trick of announcing the victory before one has gained it. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Olaf Stapledon For this sudden access of generous emotion seemed to him a mere trick of the diabolic power that was tormenting him, a trick to make him compromise himself with her. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

It was my trick at the wheel from two till four; and I stood my last helm, making between nine hundred and a thousand hours which I had spent at the helms of our two vessels. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I was very ill on the passage out, and only discovered the trick at the last. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Thomas Hardy But the mercury of those days had a trick of falling unexpectedly. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. F. Benson Did you guess, Mrs Lucas?” Olga resorted to the mean trick of treading on Goosie’s foot and apologising. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

The first had a sonorous bass voice and a resonant laugh; the second spoke in suppressed tones, and had a trick of dropping his voice to a whisper whenever he was most energetic. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Henry James Everyone had need of one’s power, whereas one’s own need, at the best, would have seemed to be but some trick for not communicating it. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Theodore Dreiser And for the first time in his life, some inexplicable trick of chemistry — that chemistry of the body, of blind forces which so readily supersedes reason at times — he lost his self-control. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

I thought it was Peter, for it is the old hunter’s trick of waking a man so that he makes no noise. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Andrew Lang Possibly some local Sentimental Tommy watched for the grocer, played the trick and ran away. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

When bread was lacking at home it was difficult for her to trick herself out. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells No expedient was too mean, no lie, no trick too contemptible if only it helped thwart and disillusion Ford. And they did thwart and disillusion him. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells At Halliford I had already come to hate the curate’s trick of helpless exclamation, his stupid rigidity of mind. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

G. K. Chesterton But the point here is that this is how the trick works, and the trick works in the same way in the other part of the tale. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

R. D. Blackmore Lord! I could have cried; and he up and blubbered fairly, a trick as he learned from ten Frenchmen he had killed. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

He, or course, begged for more beads; but, not able to trick me again, set his drummers and fifers at work, in hopes that he would get over our feelings in that way. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry Handel Richardson But the little encounter diverted him, and on the next likely object he tried the trick anew. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

If the devil had a trick to play on me, you understand, sire, as he knows the man with whom he has to deal, he would chose the moment when I should not be there. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

They had all of them the trick of lying in wait conversationally; they had no sense of the self-exposures, the gallant experiments in statement that are necessary for good conversation. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edith Wharton She did not use, in speaking, the soothing inflection of her trade: she seemed to disdain to cajole or trick the sufferer. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Mark Twain Most of the young demoiselles are robed in a cloud of white from head to foot, though many trick themselves out more elaborately. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

To me there is a perpetual delight in his way of saying things, and I cannot wonder that younger men try to catch the trick of it. Henry James by William Dean Howells

There could be no doubt it was a trick of the imagination, and yet to this hour I could recognise that clear stern voice among a thousand, were it to speak again. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

In reality it is much more than merely playing a trick on an admiral. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

There had, then, been drinks after the fight — several; but it was the last that did the trick — an over-ripe gin. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells I had my quarrels with them of course, and could show some of their teeth-marks still; but they soon gained a wholesome respect for my trick of throwing stones and for the bite of my hatchet. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Andrew Lang Precisely the same trick prevails in the mysteries of savage peoples. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling It is a trick that they pick up from their inventors. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Without raising my voice above its usual level, I turned and addressed myself to the man who had gone out of his way to play the trick upon me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

I should turn into a trick horse, who does his thirty or forty rounds per hour, and eats, drinks and sleeps at the appointed moment. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Robert Louis Stevenson But the roads about Grez have a trick of their own. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

You remember that trick of his, Mills?” Mills emitted an enormous cloud of smoke out of his distended cheeks. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

G. K. Chesterton All that is matter for argument; but it is rather a joke when so individual a trick is made a proof of being merely imitative. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Meredith I “rendered” him ridiculous—I had caught a trick of “using men’s phrases. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was laughing at him with her eyes—an odd little trick of hers. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Gaston Leroux It is a trick much in vogue with sneak thieves in hotels. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Meredith You have a trick of fancying all sorts of sums in your pocket; and when you don’t find them there, of course they’re lost! Now, let’s have some breakfast. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Thomas Hardy But you deserve punishment for this night’s trick of drawing me out. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Kate Chopin It was a trick of memory with which she indulged herself on occasion, this one of retrospection. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Algernon Blackwood I was mad, deluded, dreaming! The excitement of the day, and this dim light of stars and bewildering mist combined to trick me. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

To this day I know the trick of snapping a bit of string in my fingers. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Jack London White Fang tried the trick once too often. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Meredith Had she played on Lord Ormont’s dislike of the aunt to drive him forth for some purpose of her own? If so, the little trick had been done with deplorable spontaneity or adeptness of usage. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Sinclair Lewis But the nastiest trick He ever played on man was inventing the flea. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

To add to my misery, I could easily imagine the laugh that would go up on the other side of the Channel when the trick that had been played upon me became known. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Henry Adams Adams never knew why, knowing nothing of Faraday, he began to mimic Faraday’s trick of seeing lines of force all about him, where he had always seen lines of will. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He practiced a trick used much by moving-picture comedians — the dead pan. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Thomas Hardy Parson Swancourt wasted a good deal of his wife’s money, and she left him Miss Elfride. That trick of running away seems to be handed down in families, like craziness or gout. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Radclyffe Hall She liked talking about her work, and had an old-fashioned trick of dropping her ‘g’s’ when speaking emphatically, especially when referring to sport. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

The old conjurer’s trick of the distracted attention. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Rochester, pretending to be warmly attached to the interests of Overbury, advised him to refuse the embassy, which he said was but a trick to get him out of the way. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But Felipe knows a trick or two more than the dogs, and if he do not fill your larder by sunset, may his left leg be withered like his right!” Brother Bartolomé considered. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Walter Scott I only played this little trick on you, Christian, to impress on you a wholesome idea of the interest I take in your motions. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

The trick succeeded to admiration. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Andrew Lang Couldn’t you play off a really good trick on the Priest? for he is sitting inside there and calling me a fool for having let myself be taken in by such a fellow as you. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James It was a trick because Fleda considered there had been a covenant; and the trick consisted of Mrs. Gereth’s having broken the spirit of their agreement while conforming in a fashion to the letter. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

The fellow bustled about the room, pretending to busy himself, in accordance with a trick of his trade, with nothing at all. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

I will live in the old house, surrounded by all who knew and loved Sir Oswald. No vile plotters shall ever be able to say that there was trick or artifice connected with the birth of that child. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

M. P. Shiel No, I was not born for the martyr’s crown, I own the badge and trick of escape. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Edith Wharton But she had no idea where she had last put the book, and something told her that it was going to play her its usual trick and remain invisible. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle That trick of his of breaking in on his friends’ thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour’s silence is really very showy and superficial. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

T. E. Lawrence In the East they swore that by three sides was the decent way across a square; and my trick to escape was in this sense oriental. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence And a trick he was going to play as long as it did pay. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson Even his old trick of muttering died out — went the way of his pacing and haranguing. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Perfectly unconscious of the dastard trick played upon him, Wylo continued for several days to flirt and fight. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Henry Handel Richardson He recollected one occasion when he had nearly succeeded in telling her, and when, but for a trick of fate, he would have done so. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle Thinks it’s a trick of some sort that I could teach him. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Jack London He must have divined Wolf Larsen’s trick and the sureness of detection, for the light was at once dashed from my hand and the forecastle was left in darkness. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Tobias Smolle If so be your shipmates are jolly boys, and won’t flinch, you shall see, yon shall see; egad, I’ll play him such a salt-water trick I’ll bring him to the gangway. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Henry James She will not wish to play her brother a trick simply because he is selfish. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

H. G. Wells Zzzz.” The idea of cornering a drug struck upon my mind then as a sort of irresponsible monkey trick that no one would ever be permitted to do in reality. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Washington Irving Roubillac, the statuary, once played a trick upon him in this respect. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

George Gissing It ‘ud be a trick just like him, after this. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope When he had got as far as that Luke Rowan played him a trick — an inhospitable trick, seeing that he, Rowan, was in some sort at home, and that the people about him were bound to obey him. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Isotta. Outside he heard familiar voices, officers and men; his Veronese, still glad to trust his leadership; and he was to betray and trick them into shame. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was a trick which at times barely escaped assuming the proportions of absolute creation. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle All might have been well had not Fardet, carried away by his own success, tried to repeat his trick once more, with the result that the date fell out of his palm and the deception stood revealed. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Guy de Maupassan We are taken in by the slightest trick of those who surround us, by our children, our friends, our servants, our tradespeople. The Door by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf By a trick of the firelight she seemed to have no body. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

William Dampier This trick they use whenever they dispose of any clandestinely; for the cloves when they first take them in are extraordinary dry, and so will imbibe a great deal of moisture. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Edgar Allan Poe Our cabinet warehouses are left entirely unattended, and thus afford every facility for a trick of this kind. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Ivan Turgenev But now they need only say ‘Everything in the world is rubbish!’ and the trick is done. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Clear nights have a trick of being keen. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Nikolai Gogol What devil’s trick is this? “ he continued, looking at the stone, which he held in his hand, with burning eyes. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

John Galsworthy How has she hooked herself into me! By trick of eyes, and hair, by her walk, by the sound of her voice — by trick of warmth, scent, colour. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

He was the most sterling little man, in ordinary life rather dry and dogmatic, with a trick of taking you up sharply which didn’t make him popular. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton When you see a cosmic force you don’t like, trick it, my boy. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Yes; you believe me, mother, I’m a sharp fellow for every sort of a trickeverybody knows it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arnold Bennett It was a trick of his, to rub his hands with a strange, roundabout motion, and the action denoted that some unusual excitement was in the air. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

G. K. Chesterton The really clever part of it was the trick by which he could leave the stilts standing, and climb out of them on to any ledge or roof or other upper level. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Guy de Maupassan But here there was no trick and no deception, and no dust thrown into the eyes. An Artist by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Morrison I found Mrs Lamb still in a state of indignant perturbation over the trick served her four days before. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Conan Doyle You are an emissary of Holmes. This is a trick that you are playing upon me. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Kenneth Grahame Harold accordingly had to be consoled by the employment of every specious fallacy and base-born trick known to those whose doom it is to handle children. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Walter Scott It was no doubt singular that a man, who meditated his exit from the world, should have chosen to play such a trick on his friends. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Anthony Hope I was also made acquainted with all that had been done, even as I have already related it, from the first successful trick played on Rischenheim to the moment of his unfortunate escape. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Robert Burns With the ready trick and fable, Round we wander all the day; And at night, in barn or stable, Hug our doxies on the hay. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

A trick of smoothing his long white beard whenever he was short of a word in French or English imparted an air of leisurely dignity to the tone of his reminiscences. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Radclyffe Hall He had a trick of pulling up short in the middle of the room, and peering over his spectacles with his pleasant blue eyes as if in search of someone. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Virginia Woolf And then Nature, in whom she trusted, either played her a trick or worked a miracle — again, opinions differ too much for it to be possible to say which. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

H. G. Wells So they played a trick upon their own uneasy consciences by treating him as a magical god instead of as a light to their souls. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Because if you can lay hands on ‘arf a sovereign whenever one’s wanted, it’s a trick worth knowing. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

It was only through an ill fellow coming here to hunt him up — one Cotton, who was the man that induced him to play the trick with the note — that he was disturbed again. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

He had a long, fair beard, which he had a trick of pulling with both his hands. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

She has a trick of roaming about the ship I don’t like. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Leslie Stephen Curll was the chief of all piratical booksellers, and versed in every dirty trick of the Grub-street trade. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

What had happened was highly characteristic both of the Poet and of the King. Each had tried to play a trick on the other, and each had found the other out. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

John Galsworthy But little Publius knew a sweet-shop, and a trick worth two of that. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Then why? To close his account with them one day, and to get his money out the next! Clear, what?” Ricardo, with his trick of looking one way and moving another approached Schomberg slowly. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Abraham Merri I was aware of a curious mingling of feelings — repulsion and a peculiar sense of familiarity, like the trick . Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson Alliteration is so liable to be abused that we can scarcely be too sparing of it; and yet it is a trick that seems to grow upon the author with years. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy In the course of a month or two after the receipt of the books Jude had grown callous to the shabby trick played him by the dead languages. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling That trick was really the one thing we did. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Thomas Hardy He says he came to see me some time ago, but a trick was played him, so that he did not see me. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

I knew she would never let you be worsted if she could help; exactly as I knew you would never consent to play such a trick on her. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

One of the men present, a distinguished scientist, had actually seen the trick done. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Walter Scott The story of Harrison, in his own absolute despite, and notwithstanding a secret suspicion which he had of trick or connivance, returned on his mind at this dead and solitary hour. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Never let me catch you at such a trick again. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

In my concern at this mad trick I couldn’t help appealing to her sympathetic common sense. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Edith Wharton His mind was lost in a maze of metaphysical speculations; and even these served him merely as some cunningly-contrived toy with which to trick his leisure. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I knew very well that the odds were ten to one against me, but I have never learnt the trick of poverty. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope He played me a trick once, and I’ll play him another. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

It was merely a trick by his body to relieve one more profound. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

James Anthony Froude He had also a trick to mingle his commodity, that that which was bad might go off with the least mistrust. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

He had a trick of resettling his spectacles on his nose which was curiously disarming — in some indefinable way, curiously civilized. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Most of them had taught their elephants that trick when they were boys. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

That night they slept in tolerable comfort, but it was merely a trick of their tormentor to lull them into false security. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]