the oldest trick in the book

the oldest trick in the book

A method of deception, or of addressing some issue, that is well-known or has been used for a long time. Selling tourists fake artifacts is the oldest trick in the book—please don't fall for that one. Look, you can fix it by threading a paper clip through the hole. Oldest trick in the book!
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the oldest trick in the book

If you call a dishonest or unfair action the oldest trick in the book, you mean that people should have expected it because it is a very common thing that people do. Well, that's the oldest trick in the book — to blame someone else for your problems. He's using the children to persuade people to part with their money. Oldest trick in the book.
See also: book, old, trick

the oldest trick in the book

a ruse so hackneyed that it should no longer deceive anyone.
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.