come up trumps

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come up trumps

To achieve success, especially in the face of adversity. (In card games, "trumps" are the cards that have been assigned the highest value.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. After our gig got canceled, I came up trumps by finding our band an even better one!
See also: come, trump, up

come up/turn up trumps

  (British & Australian)
to complete an activity successfully or to produce a good result, especially when you were not expected to
Usage notes: In card games, trumps are a set of cards which have been chosen to have the highest value during the game.
John's uncle came up trumps and found us a place to stay at the last minute.
See also: come, trump, up