the oldest trick in the book

the oldest trick in the book

a way of deceiving someone that is not new It was the oldest trick in the book - one man distracted me while another stole my wallet.
See also: book, old, trick

the oldest trick in the book

a way of tricking someone which is still effective although it has been used a lot before It was the oldest trick in the book - one man distracted me while another stole my wallet.
See also: book, old, trick
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It's the oldest trick in the book and millions of suckers will fall for it.
Neither of the challenges warranted bookings because the oldest trick in the book is to hit the ball too far in front and run into the defender.
The father-of-two used the oldest trick in the book, going public with his indiscretions in an "exclusive" newspaper deal before he could be exposed by another publication.
In order to restore it, she used the oldest trick in the book - patriotism.
Malone had just pulled the oldest trick in the book, but then he's the oldest player in the league.
I'd fallen for the oldest trick in the book, trying to feed poverty of the spirit with material things.
A suspicion which was stoked in no small way by TV's poshest soap turning to the oldest trick in the book of soap cliches - the dramatic fire.
It's the oldest trick in the book, to paint any successful yet troublesome woman as being mad.
This is the oldest trick in the book, but gently stroking and rubbing the area of discomfort will stimulate the circulation of the lymph system, which will decrease the inflammation.
It's probably the oldest trick in the book - but it works for me.