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Turn a trick vs Turn the trick

turn a trick —(sl.)

1. have casual sexual relations, especially for money:

  • Some of the young prostitutes live at home and turn tricks merely for pocket money.

2. (Underworld) commit a successful robbery:

  • Campbell’s claim was that he hadn’t turned a trick in a year but the money had to be coming from somewhere.

turn the trickaccomplish one’s purpose; achieve the required result:

  • It is our hope and prayer that Mr. Farley may turn the trick. We should be glad to see any administrator make a go of the postal service.