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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.
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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.
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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").
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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.
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a bag (or whole bag) of tricks

a set of ingenious plans, techniques, or resources. informal
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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.
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