hold all the aces

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hold all the aces

: to have a strong advantage over others in a contest, competition, etc.
  • As the strike continues into its second week, it appears that the company holds all the aces in its negotiations with the strikers.

Word by Word Definitions

hold play
  1. : to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

  2. : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

  3. : to have as a mark of distinction

  1. : stronghold

  2. : confinement, custody

  3. : prison

  1. : the interior of a ship below decks

  2. : the cargo compartment of a plane

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

ace play aces
  1. : a die face marked with one spot

  2. : a playing card marked in its center with one pip

  3. : a domino end marked with one spot

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

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

  3. : to gain a decisive advantage over : defeat

  1. : of first or high rank or quality

  1. used for a bandage with elastic properties


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