A trick is a hoax or sneaky scheme. If you fool people into thinking they're donating to a good cause when you're really keeping their money, you're playing a trick on them. It's not nice to trick people.

"A mean ruse" is the oldest meaning of trick, which is rooted in the Latin tricari, "be evasive." Today it's also used for less mean-spirited deceptions, including funny practical jokes and a magician's sleight-of-hand illusions, commonly called magic tricks. To trick someone is to fool them, and if you hold a trick in your hand, you're playing bridge, hearts, or another "trick-taking" card game.

Definitions of trick
  1. noun
    a cunning or deceitful action or device
    “he played a trick on me”
    synonyms: fast one
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    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
    (Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating
    type of:
    device, gimmick, twist
    any clever maneuver
  2. noun
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    synonyms: conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy
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    card trick
    a trick performed with playing cards
    prestidigitation, sleight of hand
    manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
    type of:
    the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
  3. noun
    an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent
    “that offer was a dirty trick
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    type of:
    dishonesty, knavery
    lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
  4. noun
    a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    synonyms: antic, caper, joke, prank, put-on
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    dirty trick
    an unkind or aggressive trick
    practical joke
    a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
    April fool
    a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
    a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
    a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
    snipe hunt
    an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it
    type of:
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
  5. verb
    deceive somebody
    “We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week”
    synonyms: flim-flam, fob, fox, play a joke on, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on
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    fool or dupe
    type of:
    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
  6. noun
    (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner
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    type of:
    play, turn
    (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  7. noun
    a prostitute's customer
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    type of:
    client, customer
    someone who pays for goods or services
  8. noun
    a period of work or duty
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    type of:
    duty period, shift, work shift
    the time period during which you are at work
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