an ace up one's sleeve

Definition of an ace up one's sleeve

  1. :  a powerful and often secret weapon, advantage, etc., that can be used if it is needed The mayor's popularity among elderly voters gives him an ace up his sleeve for the coming election.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a die face marked with one spot

    :  a playing card marked in its center with one pip

    :  a domino end marked with one spot

  1. :  to score an ace against (an opponent)

    :  to make (a hole in golf) in one stroke

    :  to gain a decisive advantage over :  defeat

  1. :  of first or high rank or quality

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

  1. :  a part of a garment covering an arm

    :  sleevelet

    :  a tubular part (such as a hollow axle or a bushing) designed to fit over another part

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