a trick worth two of (something)(redirected from a trick worth two of)
a trick worth two of (something)
obsolete A plan, idea, or suggestion that is vastly superior to another one. Originally from Henry IV, Part I by Shakespeare and then used later by Rudyard Kipling. John has inherited a cabin upon a plot of land from his great uncle, but he did not simply retire there in his old age—he knew a trick worth two of that. Instead, he bulldozed the cabin and leased the land to local farmers, earning himself a pretty penny in the process. We let Mike have an assistant, but I'm starting to suspect that he knows a trick worth two of that. I think he's now got the assistant doing the majority of his work! If he's planning to steal my idea, well, I know a trick worth two of that—those copies of his presentation might just mysteriously go missing!
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a trick worth two of thata much better plan or expedient. informal
This phrase is from Shakespeare 's Henry the Fourth, Part 1: ‘I know a trick worth two of that i' faith’.
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