use every trick in the book

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use 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 used every trick in the book to get them to invest, but nothing could persuade them. You can use 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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use every trick in the book

Fig. to use every method possible. I used every trick in the book, but I still couldn't manage to get a ticket to the game Saturday. Bob tried to use every trick in the book, but he still failed.
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use every trick in the book

If someone uses every trick in the book, they do everything possible to achieve something. Companies are using every trick in the book to stay one step in front of their competitors. These smokers are using every trick in the book to reduce their health risk without actually giving up. Note: Other verbs such as try or pull are sometimes used instead of use. They have tried every trick in the book from secret meetings to spreading false information about me. Note: You can also say that someone knows every trick in the book if they know all the possible ways to achieve something. They know every trick in the book when it comes to spending taxpayers' money.
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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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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.