Definition of do the trick in US English:

do the trick


  • Achieve the required result.

    • ‘Those tax cuts are sure doing the trick, aren't they?’
    • ‘Ah yes, it must be Labour's student loans policy that is doing the trick.’
    • ‘A chat and subsequent visit to the vets and he's now on medication which seems to be doing the trick.’
    • ‘I've had back trouble and if I want to keep playing to the standard I need to take on a physio full time so this is doing the trick for me.’
    • ‘As with any addiction the more one uses, the more one needs to get off, and my doing these inconspicuous plays was just not doing the trick.’
    • ‘These young men may not be able to beat their opponents physically, but speed and craft does the trick in achieving results.’
    • ‘Nuanced arguments obviously are not doing the trick anymore in our media-saturated instant gratification culture.’
    • ‘Since conventional medicine wasn't doing the trick, I decided to venture out into the world of ‘alternative.’’
    • ‘I saw my doctor on Wednesday and got tooled up with some antibiotics, which finally seem to be doing the trick.’
    • ‘Thankfully, a combination of resting the leg and a course of antibiotics seems to be doing the trick.’
    be effective, work, solve the problem, take care of the problem, achieve the desired result, fill the bill, fit the bill
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