hold all the aces

hold all the aces

 and hold all the cards
to be in a favorable position; to be in a controlling position. (Alludes to having possession of all four aces or all the high cards in a card game.) How can I advance in my career when my competitor holds all the aces? If I held all the aces, I'd be able to do great things. I tried to get my points across, but Joan held all the cards and the board voted for her plan.
See also: ace, all, hold

hold all the aces

Also, hold all the trumps. Be in a winning position, as in We can't argue with Jeff; he holds all the aces, or If Jean refuses, he'll reveal that he holds all the trumps and force her to give in. These expressions allude to card games in which the ace or a trump card outranks all the others. Also see play one's cards right; trump card.
See also: ace, all, hold

hold all the aces

tv. to be in control of everything. The boss holds all the aces on this deal.
See also: ace, all, hold
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THE terrorists of Al-Quaeda appear to hold all the aces in their quest to inflict death and mayhem on countries which dare to form an alliance with America.
Mill Trissy showed he was a leading contender for outright honours by setting the standard in the first round, but couldn''t get to grips with the selection after being denied the luxury of leading in their semi-final clash, although he would hold all the aces if he was to win the battle for early supremacy.
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