ace in the hole


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ace in the hole

 and someone's ace in the hole
Fig. something important held in reserve. The twenty-dollar bill I keep in my shoe is my ace in the hole.
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ace in the hole

A hidden advantage or resource kept in reserve until needed, as in The prosecutor had an ace in the hole: an eyewitness. The term comes from stud poker, where each player is dealt one card face down-the so-called hole card-and the rest face up. Should the hole card be an ace, the player has a hidden advantage. Hole here simply means "a hiding place." In the 19th-century American West, the expression was used to refer to a hidden weapon, such as a gun concealed in a shoulder holster. By the 1920s it had become a metaphor for any surprise advantage or leverage.
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ace in the hole

n. something important held in reserve. Mary’s beautiful singing voice was her ace in the hole in case everything else failed.
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ace in the hole

/up one's sleeve
A hidden advantage or resource kept in reserve until needed.
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