bag of tricks

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bag of tricks

1. The items that one has available for use. The phrase originally referred to the items a magician would use for magic tricks. Let's see what I have in my bag of tricks to entertain the baby.
2. The skills that one has available for use. Our new pitcher has a killer fastball in her bag of tricks. She's an ace negotiator, so you know she has a few more surprises in her bag of tricks.
See also: bag, of, trick
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bag of tricks

Fig. a collection of special techniques or methods. What have you got in your bag of tricks that could help me with this problem? Here comes Mother with her bag of tricks. I'm sure she can help us.
See also: bag, of, trick
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bag of tricks

One's stock of resources and stratagems, as in Mom can fix anything-you never know what she will pull out of her bag of tricks. Alluding to the magician's bag of equipment for performing magic tricks, this term was first recorded in 1694, when Jean de La Fontaine, in one of his fables, has a fox carry a sac des ruses ("bag of tricks").
See also: bag, of, trick
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

someone's bag of tricks

Someone's bag of tricks is the set of special techniques or methods that they use in their work. Made in '98, this is a great film with the director going through his bag of tricks to brilliant effect. Let's see what he can pull out of his bag of tricks in tonight's match. Note: This expression refers to the bag in which a conjurer (= someone who does magic tricks) carries the equipment they need for their performances.
See also: bag, of, trick
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a bag (or whole bag) of tricks

a set of ingenious plans, techniques, or resources. informal
See also: bag, of, trick
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a bag/box of ˈtricks

(informal) a set of methods or equipment that somebody can use: Hotel managers are using a whole new bag of tricks to attract their guests.
See also: bag, box, of, trick
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bag of tricks

One’s entire resources. It refers to the bag of the itinerant magician, which contained all the paraphernalia needed to perform his tricks. The expression dates back at least as far as one of La Fontaine’s fables (1694), in which a fox carries a sac des ruses. It became especially common in Victorian literature.
See also: bag, of, trick
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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