Trump

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

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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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Definitions:

  • 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
  1. to play a trump on (a trick, another card, etc.) when a trump was not led, often, specif., so as to take it thereby
  2. 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.

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