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the joker in the pack

someone or something that could change a situation in a way that you do not expect The independent candidate is the joker in the pack in this election.
See also: joker, pack

joker

n. a man; a guy. Who was that joker I saw you with last night?
References in classic literature ?
The joker rapped it with his own, took a nimble spring upward, and came down in a fantastic dancing attitude, with one of his stained shoes jerked off his foot into his hand, and held out.
Ladies and gentlemen," he addressed the sawdust emptiness before him as if it were a packed audience, "this is Barney Barnato, the biggest joker of a mule ever born.
Believing that he had lost his bet the incorrigible joker thought it amusing to pretend that he had won it.
She jumps out excitedly without touching my arm, or as much as saying "thank you" or "good morning" or anything, turns back to the cab, and then that old joker comes out slowly.
He had always been a joker, the only joker in the grim and terrible company; but now as he lay there half dead from his hurts, he almost swore a solemn oath forever to forego practical joking--almost; but not quite.
Change, Sambo"; but seeing Jos ready almost to cry with vexation, the old joker stopped his laughter, and said, holding out his hand to his son, "It's all fair on the Stock Exchange, Jos--and, Sambo, never mind the elephant, but give me and Mr.
See here, my joker," said he, "if I thought you were playing any game on us, it would be short work for you.
The incomparable Impractical Jokers take their witty hijinks to sea January 2016 for their first ever cruise!
Previous Jokers include Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger - so clown puns aside, he has some very big shoes to fill.
30pm) THE silver-haired jokers are back to cause more comedy mayhem among the unsuspecting public.
No, Rahul is not a joker, but he is certainly surrounded by jokers.
Pat Golden is managing Jokers, a Batman-themed pub on Yarm Lane, for businessman Mark Garry in a new venture that's created 15 jobs.
Jokers Corner has moved from its home of more than 20 years in Whitefriars Street to the former Hand & Heart pub.
Seventeen jokers were caught red-handed, taking the KPSS for someone else.
The last leg also saw doublepoint jokers played by The Mad Hatters (Penskey John, second) and Team North East (Mill Spartacus, fourth) earning ten points and six points respectively to close up the table after the first round.