1. a trick, a gimmick; a means of avoiding problems, esp. those encountered in work.
2. [mid–19C] (UK Und.) a thing.
3. a job, an occupation, a profession.
[1900s] (Aus.) chicanery, trickery.
1. [mid–late 19C] to carry out a fraudulent and/or illegal action.
2. [late 19C] to act in a given manner, without illegal overtones.
[mid-19C] trickery, duplicity; in context of cite 1850, prostitution.
[1930s+] to take on a pose – e.g. a clergyman, an ex-soldier – for the purposes of fraud.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to perform some form of confidence trick.
hiding from or avoiding the authorities.
[mid-19C–1910s] (US) aware, shrewd, knowledgeable.