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Harry, who liked to play practical jokes/tricks on people, has become a famous actor.

Are play practical jokes and play tricks synonymous? Thanks.
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Hi,

Harry, who liked to play practical jokes/tricks on people, has become a famous actor.

Are play practical jokes and play tricks synonymous?

Yes, in this context they seem very similar.

Clive
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Both are used.

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Hi Angliholic,

When you are using the word "play", it means that you are not telling the jokes. Rather it means that you are performing. Therefore, I think that the word "practical" can be avoided altogether.
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Thanks, Clive and Jain, for your help.