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do the trick

To do, accomplish, or fulfil exactly what is needed or sought after. The recipe calls for pancetta, but I think this regular bacon should do the trick. The movie's plot, such as it is, won't go on to win any awards, but the gory special effects will do the trick for any fans of the horror genre. I turned it off and back on, and that did the trick.
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do the trick

to do exactly what is needed. This new paint scraper really does the trick. Is this envelope large enough to do the trick?
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do the trick

to achieve the desired result do the job At first my brother didn't want to help out, but a phone call from my wife did the trick and he showed up the next morning.
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do the trick

  (informal)
if something does the trick, it achieves what you want or need If the sauce tastes a bit sour, add a teaspoon of sugar - that should do the trick.
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do the trick

Also, turn the trick. Bring about a desired result, succeed. For example, One more turn with the wrench should do the trick, or Bill wanted to finish all the errands in one day but he couldn't quite turn the trick. The first expression dates from the early 1800s; the variant, from the first half of the 1900s; should not be confused with turn a trick.
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do the trick

tv. to do exactly what is needed. Does this little tool do the trick?
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