Definition of every trick in the book in US English:

every trick in the book

phrase

informal
  • Every available method of achieving what one wants.

    • ‘In addition to his endurance and overall toughness, he's hard to hit, and knows every trick in the book.’
    • ‘Because now that my oldest daughter, Adrianne, is here, I have three women in the house instead of two, and I'm going to need every trick in the book to keep the Jones women at bay.’
    • ‘Deception - albeit comparatively benign - also preoccupies campaign managers in the US Presidential campaign at the moment, as they try every trick in the book to cast their man in the right light.’
    • ‘Although the vast majority of people are law-abiding, it is an unfortunate fact of life that there are some who get up to every trick in the book to take advantage of the good nature or gullibility of others.’
    • ‘It was a session of parliament where the Liberals used every trick in the book to stay in power, while the Tories spent every waking hour mad about something and trying to bring them down.’
    • ‘This is a veteran team, a gang of warriors who know every trick in the book.’
    • ‘She tries every trick in the book to scare him off, from filling his flat with her cosmetics and girlie accessories, to ruining his poker night with the lads, while he is equally determined to pander to her every whim.’
    • ‘As far as I can determine, we have a one-party rule whose leadership uses every trick in the book to abuse their power by attempting to ignore and completely circumvent laws that do not agree with their views.’
    • ‘My site takes 15 minutes to load and I've tried every trick in the book to fix this.’
    • ‘Her parents tried every trick in the book to get her home and off drugs.’