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Where did the term "How's tricks" come from?

Tricks, meaning circumstances, one’s life. (backformation from colloquial greeting how’s tricks?) 1930 [US] E.H. Lavine Third Degree (1931) 162: About an hour later, the sergeant came along and ...
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Where did the term "How's tricks" come from?

Google Books and Elephind newspaper database searches turn up matches for the question "How's tricks?" from at least as early as 1873. From "How's Tricks?" in the Nashville [...
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Origin of “as all get out” meaning “to the utmost degree”

The following is pure speculation by me. I do not know that it is true, and I have no evidence to support anything that you are about to read. It’s referencing a situation where all the animals break ...
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