trick or treat

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trick or treat

A greeting by children asking for treats on Halloween and threatening to play a trick on those who refuse to give them. For example, The children went from house to house, shouting "Trick or treat!" [c. 1940]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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