ace up one's sleeve


ace up one's sleeve
ace up one's sleeve a plan or piece of information kept secret until required.
Main Entry: ace

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  • ace up one's sleeve — noun A surprise advantage of which others are not aware …   Wiktionary

  • ace up one's sleeve (or N. Amer. in the hole) — something effective kept in reserve. → ace …   English new terms dictionary

  • an ace up one's sleeve — or an ace in the hole A decisive but hidden advantage • • • Main Entry: ↑ace * * * an ace up one s sleeve (or in the hole) a plan or piece of information kept secret until it becomes necessary to use it …   Useful english dictionary

  • have an ace up one’s sleeve — tv. to have something useful in reserve; to have a special trick available. (Have got can replace have.) □ I still have an ace up my sleeve that you don’t know about. □ I don’t have an ace up my sleeve. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • have an ace up one's sleeve — be in a superior position, have the advantage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • card up one's sleeve — {n. phr.}, {informal} Another help, plan, or argument kept back and produced if needed; another way to do something. * /John knew his mother would lend him money if necessary, but he kept that card up his sleeve./ * /Bill always has a card up his …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • card up one's sleeve — {n. phr.}, {informal} Another help, plan, or argument kept back and produced if needed; another way to do something. * /John knew his mother would lend him money if necessary, but he kept that card up his sleeve./ * /Bill always has a card up his …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • card\ up\ one's\ sleeve — n. phr. informal Another help, plan, or argument kept back and produced if needed; another way to do something. John knew his mother would lend him money if necessary, but he kept that card up his sleeve. Bill always has a card up his sleeve, so… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ace — ► NOUN 1) a playing card with a single spot on it, the highest card in its suit in most games. 2) informal a person who is very good at a particular activity. 3) Tennis a service that an opponent is unable to return. 4) Golf a hole in one. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • ace — /eɪs / (say ays) noun 1. a single spot or mark on a card or die. 2. Cards a playing card marked with a single spot, in most games counting as highest, lowest, or either, in its suit. 3. Dice a die or the face of a die marked with a single spot. 4 …   Australian English dictionary