try every trick in the book

try every trick in the book

To make use of every possible angle or approach to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. I tried every trick in the book to get them to invest, but nothing could persuade them. You can try every trick in the book to get prospective employers to notice you, but if your work ethic isn't fundamentally sound, no one is going to want you working for them.
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try, use, etc. every trick in the ˈbook

try any method you know to get something or get somebody to do something you want: He’ll use every trick in the book to try and stop you.
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And don't try every trick in the book and look at every girl as a potential girlfriend.
They will try every trick in the book to avoid exposing key policies to parliamentary scrutiny.
Kyle is desperate to win the beautiful Elaine back and he's prepared to try every trick in the book.