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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GORDON Ramsay tries the oldest trick in the book as he goes incognito by using a grandad disguise.
Shiels said: "The attention was all on Fraser but there were six or seven worse challenges on James Dayton.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.
Accordingly, a silly concept occupied the minds of some classes that they could have their rights through the oldest trick in the book; strikes and sit -ins.
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.
Foucault, they show, fell for the oldest trick in the book: If we're bad, they must be good.
Brenda Swanson - playboy Steve Bing's new love - said Hurley falling pregnant was "the oldest trick in the book".
I'd fallen for the oldest trick in the book, trying to feed poverty of the spirit with material things.
"We all know this is the oldest trick in the book to avoid getting caught after drinking with mates.
In desperation many are turning to poaching clients from their competitors using the oldest trick in the book: the free website appraisal.
It's the oldest trick in the book and millions of suckers will fall for it.
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.