every trick in the book

every trick in the book

Every possible way to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. My dad was a shrewd businessman who knew every trick in the book to seal a deal. If you want girls to be interested in you, my older brother knows every trick in the book.
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every trick in the book

every available method of achieving what you want. informal
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"These officials have never wanted these bungalows and seem to be using every trick in the book to close them."
'"These officials have never wanted these and seem to be using every trick in the book to close them.
0 ARSENE Wenger accused Braga of using "every trick in the book" as Arsenal went down in Portugal to leave them still not guaranteed a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
"They will try every trick in the book to avoid exposing key policies to parliamentary scrutiny."
So yes, Mike, every trick in the book has indeed been used, except they've been used by the Liberal Democrats in an effort to maintain this illusion.
I've been involved with recycling for many years and have seen, heard or tried every trick in the book to get consumers to be more diligent in their recycling practices.
Lee Trundle will try every trick in the book to beat old training buddy Mark Jones in a battle of the showmen this week, writes PETER SHUTTLEWORTH.
Kyle is desperate to win the beautiful Elaine back and he's prepared to try every trick in the book.
But it does serve to illustrate nearly every trick in the book. It also is a cautionary tale.
England boast a hefty power advantage in the pack - their front row alone weighs in at more than 55 stone, but Robinson expects Australia to employ every trick in the book in a bid to off-set England's brute force.