not miss a trick


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not miss a trick

Also, never miss a trick; not miss much. Not fail to be aware of what is going on. For example, When it comes to the commodities market, Mark never misses a trick, or Dad may seem absentminded, but he doesn't miss much. The first phrase dates from the early 1900s; the variant employs miss in the sense of "fail to perceive," a usage dating from the late 1600s.
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not miss a trick

COMMON If someone does not miss a trick, they always know what is happening and take advantage of every situation. She doesn't miss a trick — her mental and physical agility are superb. Matthews did not miss a trick, establishing a profitable connection with Adams, the powerful American boxing entrepreneur. Note: You can also say that someone misses a trick if they miss an opportunity that would give them an advantage. She said that writers are missing a trick: `Real business figures present great opportunities for fictional characters'. Note: The reference here is to a player winning every trick in a card game such as whist or bridge.
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not miss a trick

never fail to take advantage of a situation. informal
1965 Harper's Bazaar Fenwicks…never misses a trick when it comes to picking up a new accessory idea.
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not miss a trick

To be extremely alert: The teacher was known for not missing a trick.
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