One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Misbehaving in a characteristic way.
- ‘So the little chap, helped by his obliging Washington buddies, is up to his old tricks again.’
- ‘It appears that the Devil is up to his old tricks again.’
- ‘After the 1997 handover, the western imperialists were up to their tricks.’
- ‘The evidence is that Denis is up to his old tricks.’
- ‘Now the council are saying that I've been up to my old tricks again and that I've turned this place into a tip.’
- ‘‘Could it be,’ asks Lewis, ‘that the statisticians are up to their tricks again and are overestimating the price falls that are actually occurring?’’
- ‘It couldn't last, of course, and no sooner had the blockades been called off than they were up to their old tricks of putting up the prices while they thought nobody was looking.’
- ‘But, Algernon is definitely up to his tricks again today, even though I haven't seen him.’
- ‘Mr Gray said: ‘It is an utter disgrace, and shows Labour are still up to their old tricks of spinning.’’
- ‘I wonder if these companies are up to their old tricks?’
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