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"Doing The Trick"

"Doing the trick" is succeeding in solving a problem.

Example: "My motorcycle is not running well." Reply: "Try replacing the oil. That might do the trick."

Example: "That will do the trick."

The thing that "does the trick" is the thing that fixes the problem.

Example: "The teacher was not going to let me take the day off, but my mom called and that did the trick."

Example: "That should do the trick."

Note that "doing a trick" (with the word "a") means something different from "doing the trick" (with the word "the"). Using the word "a" in "doing a trick", means pretending to do something that is impossible such as a "card trick". Using the word "the" in "doing the trick" means finding a way to do something that was difficult.

Example: "How did you stop the leak?" Reply: "We just turned off the water. That did the trick."

"Doing the trick" is solving the problem so the thing that "does the trick" is the thing that solves the problem.

Example: "She wasn't breathing so we gave her CPR and that did the trick."

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