run a bit to trick earrings


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Dear all,
this from the sketch 'Professional Youth' (1923) by Dorothy Parker.

The funny thing is that if you took only a quick glance at them you would think they were nothing more than regular girls. They may run a bit to trick earrings, and it is evident that much of this talk about rouge and lip sticks has its foundation in fact.

I guess run a bit to trick earrings is about the same as to (take) trouble to be obliging, thoughtful and so on to coax (from, say, father or husband) earings. Is this correct?
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  • Barque

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    The expression "run a bit to [something]" means to have a tendency towards something, or to have a habit of doing something.

    These girls appear to favour or regularly wear trick earrings ("trick" is used as an adjective to describe "earrings" but I don't know what exactly they are).
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