come/turn up trumps

Definition of come/turn up trumps

British, informal
:to do or provide what is necessary in order to succeed
  • The team turned up trumps in the final game and won the championship.

Word by Word Definitions

turn play
  1. : to cause to move around an axis or a center : make rotate or revolve

  2. : to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

  3. : to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. : the action or an act of turning about a center or axis : revolution, rotation

  2. : any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

  3. : the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction : change of course or posture : such as

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

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

trump play trumps
  1. : a card of a suit any of whose cards will win over a card that is not of this suit —called also trump card

  2. : the suit whose cards are trumps for a particular hand

  3. : a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card

  1. : to get the better of : override

  2. : to play a trump on (a card or trick) when another suit was led

  3. : to play a trump when another suit was led

  1. : trumpet

  2. : jew's harp

  3. : a sound of or as if of trumpeting


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