From the movie Nightcrawler (2014)


— So... What's your address, Richard?
— I don't have one. Not a permanent one right now.
— You're homeless.
— I was for a while.
— You trick.
— Work the street? No.
— Wasn't a question.
— I'm straight.
— Plenty of straight guys trick. Do you have a driver's license?
— Yeah.
— Do you know Los Angeles?
— Yeah. I grew up all around here.

What does he mean by trick?


"Trick" here means the act of prostitution.

A common phrase used for when a prostitute performs a service for a customer is "turn a trick" or "turning tricks."

This example shortens the phrase, and then sort of turns it into a verb. "Verbing nouns and Nouning verbs" is common in english.

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    "work the street" can also be a term for selling sexual services. – Yorik Oct 15 '15 at 21:40

"Trick" or "turn tricks" is a euphemism for prostitution.

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