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Related to in spades: pushing up the daisies
In large quantity or to an extreme degree. A con artist needs charm, and she had it in spades. This campaign has had drama in spades, but not much discussion of the issues.
in the best or most extreme way possible; extravagantly. He flunked the test in spades. He succeeded at life in spades—honors degree, great career, rich wife, lovely children, and early retirement.
Considerably, in the extreme; also, without restraint. For example, They were having money problems, in spades, or Jan told him what he really thought of him, in spades. This expression alludes to spades as the highest-ranking suit in various card games, such as bridge, and transfers "highest" to other extremes. [Colloquial; 1920s]
1. If you have something in spades, you have a lot of it. The job required determination and ambition — and she had both qualities in spades.
2. If something happens in spades, it happens to a great degree. All this effort has paid off in spades.
in spadesto a very high degree; as much as or more than could be desired. informal
This expression derives from the fact that spades are the highest-ranking suit in the card game bridge.
1996 Time Out Wit, vitality, heart, story-telling flair: the movie has each in spades.
in ˈspades(informal) in large amounts or to a great degree: He’d got his revenge now, and in spades.
Spades are one of the four kinds of playing cards. They are the highest cards in the game of bridge.
mod. in the best way possible; extravagantly. He flunked the test in spades.
To a considerable degree: They had financial trouble in spades.