play tricks on

play tricks on someone

 
1. Lit. to pull pranks on someone. You had better not play any tricks on me! Stop playing tricks on people!
2. Fig. [for something, such as the eyes] to deceive someone. Did I see him fall down or are my eyes playing tricks on me? My brain is playing tricks on me. I can't remember a word you said.
See also: on, play, trick
References in classic literature ?
You try to play tricks on the king, because of your sister, and are found out.