Definition of the oldest trick in the book in English:

the oldest trick in the book

phrase

  • A ruse so hackneyed that it should no longer deceive anyone.

    • ‘What do you think is the oldest trick in the book?’
    • ‘It's the oldest trick in the book and the easiest way of making the evening news.’
    • ‘This is the oldest trick in the book, the ruse to use when all else fails, the last resort of the poor, the desperate, the ticketless and, of course, the professional chancer.’
    • ‘So, he relies on the oldest trick in the book: invent a crisis.’
    • ‘Now, scientific findings suggest that dogs’ chow-time cunning could be the oldest trick in the book - and one the animals mastered on their own.’
    • ‘He couldn't think of anything but the oldest trick in the book.’
    • ‘That's the oldest trick in the book - trying to turn successful women against each other.’
    • ‘Casey decided to pull the oldest trick in the book.’
    • ‘I'd fallen for the oldest trick in the book - Hook, line and sinker.’
    • ‘I can't believe you fell for that-it's the oldest trick in the book!’