Defined: Trump is defined as to get the better of someone using a hidden resource. An example of to trump is someone having an ace up their sleeve during a card game where an ace is the top card. VERB
To have an ace up your sleeve, literally, is called cheating. Don’t do that. Figuratively, to have an ace up one’s sleeve means that one has a better and heretofore unannounced idea or solution that will be revealed in a group.
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- any playing card of a suit that ranks higher than any other suit during the playing of a hand: a trump can take any card of any other suit
- a suit of trumps
- any advantage held in reserve until needed NOUN
- to play a trump on (a trick, another card, etc.) when a trump was not led, often, specif., so as to take it thereby
- to surpass; outdo TRANSITIVE VERB
–Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.