I just remembered reading, years ago, a book entitled “Metropolitan Life” written by Fran Leibowitz. Not surprisingly it was about all the “with it” people in NYC. In the book, among other things, she described persons known as “tricks”. Obviously taken from a name more commonly applied to prostitutes, those in the “with it”" crowd also use the term to describe those whose overall position in life is significantly lower than that of the other person in a duo.
So, for example, if you’re a famous female designer and your “significant other” is a handsome man of no accomplishment who is five or more years your junior, the male partner is “the trick”, particularly if his name is “Juan”. If a wall street tiger of 50 partners with a stunning lady of 30 whose educational accomplishment was a bachelor’s degree in “art history” or less and learning how to operate a Mercedez Benz, then the lady is “the trick”, especially if her name is “Heather”.
Sometimes, though, it’s hard to know who is “the trick”. If a 75-year-old wealthy man but of no recent accomplishments is partnered with a beautiful 40 year old woman whose sole accomplishment is being seen in all the right places with the right people, then who is the “trick”???
So, if a fairly unattractive female doctor or lawyer is married to a lanky and handsome cowboy type who manages the ranch her money has bought, and knows what he’s doing, then who, exactly “married down”?
I have seen it, and I sometimes find myself remembering Fran Leibowitz again after all these years.