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have a trick up (one's) sleeve
To have a secret plan, idea, or advantage that can be utilized if and when it is required. A reference to cheating at a card game by hiding a favorable card up one's sleeve. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve if he decides to pursue legal action against me.
have (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve
To openly display or make known one's emotions or sentiments. My father was always very closed off regarding his feelings, so when I had kids, I made a point of having my heart on my sleeve with them.
laugh in (one's) sleeve
To rejoice or be amused secretly and/or contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. Though feigning sympathy, my colleagues are all laughing in their sleeves at me for being stood up at the altar by my fiancée. I know it's mean-spirited, but I can't help but laugh in my sleeve when I see someone slip on the icy streets.
pin (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve
To openly display or make known one's emotions or sentiments. I knew Josh had a crush on me because he always pins his heart on his sleeve. Growing up with a father who never showed any emotion, I made a point of always pinning my heart on my sleeve.
pin (one's) heart to (one's) sleeve
To openly display or make known one's emotions or sentiments. I knew Josh had a crush on me because he always pins his heart to his sleeve. Growing up with a father who never showed any emotion, I made a point of always pinning my heart to my sleeve.
ace up (one's) sleeve
A secret advantage. My stamina is the ace up my sleeve for this race—the other runners don't stand a chance! The defense attorney waited for just the right time to play the ace up her sleeve—a new eye-witness.
hang on (one's) sleeve
To be totally reliant on someone else. You're 30 years old, so stop hanging on your mother's sleeve and get a job already! I know my kids are too young to be self-sufficient, but sometimes I just need a night without anyone hanging on my sleeve.
have something up one's sleeveand have an ace up one's sleeve
Fig. to have a secret or surprise plan or solution (to a problem). (Alludes to cheating at cards by having a card hidden in one's sleeve.) I've got something up my sleeve, and it should solve all your problems. I'll tell you what it is after I'm elected. The manager has an ace up her sleeve. She'll surprise us with it later.
laugh up one's sleeve
to laugh secretly; to laugh quietly to oneself. Jane looked very serious, but I knew she was laughing up her sleeve. I told Sally that her dress was darling, but I was laughing up my sleeve because her dress was too small.
roll one's sleeves up
1. Lit. to turn one's sleeves upward, exposing the arms. He rolled his sleeves up and began to wash the dishes. Don rolled up his sleeves so he would be cooler.
2. Fig. to prepare to get to work. Let's roll our sleeves up and get this job done! Jane rolled up her sleeves and got to work.
stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach
Prov. Do not spend more money than you have. Sue: I can get enough money for college if I take out several loans. Bill: I'd advise against it. Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach.
wear one's heart on one's sleeveand have one's heart on one's sleeve
Fig. to display one's feelings openly and habitually, rather than keep them private. John always has his heart on his sleeve so that everyone knows how he feels. Because she wears her heart on her sleeve, it's easy to hurt her feelings.
wear your heart on your sleeve
to show your feelings, esp. your love for someone You always know where John stands because he wears his heart on his sleeve.Related vocabulary: wear something on your sleeve
something up your sleeve
something secret you can use If this plan doesn't work out I've still got a few ideas up my sleeve.
Usage notes: ften used in the forms the card up your sleeve or the ace up your sleeve ( a secret advantage you can use): That recommendation from my teacher was the ace up my sleeve.
wear something on your sleeve
to make your feelings or beliefs known to everyone Some people feel the need to wear their patriotism on their sleeve.
Usage notes: often used in the form wear your heart on your sleeve (to make your emotions known to others): I don't like wearing my heart on my sleeve.
roll up your sleeves
to prepare for hard work After the election, the mayor rolled up his sleeves and began immediately to put his promises into action.
Etymology: based on the idea that people often literally roll up their sleeves before doing difficult physical work
have an ace up your sleeve
to have an advantage that other people do not know about The new game show has an ace up its sleeve. It will allow viewers to play from home and win prizes.
have a card up your sleeve
to have an advantage that other people do not know about I still had a card up my sleeve in the form of a letter from his father.
be laughing up your sleeve
to laugh at someone secretly, often in an unkind way (often + at ) He persuaded people to believe in him and all the time he was laughing up his sleeve at them.
roll your sleeves up
to prepare for hard work Our local team need to roll their sleeves up and put a bit more effort into their football.See roll off the tongue
have something up your sleeve
to have a secret idea or plan If this trip doesn't work out I've still got a few ideas up my sleeve.
wear your heart on your sleeve
to make your feelings and opinions obvious to other people John's always worn his heart on his sleeve, so there's no doubt who he'll be supporting.See wear fingers to the bone
card up one's sleeve
Also, ace up one's sleeve. A hidden or secret advantage or resource, as in Before we make a decision, let's see if management has another card up its sleeve, or You can count on John to have an ace up his sleeve. The practice of storing something in one's sleeve dates from the 16th century, when clothes rarely had pockets. The current term comes from gambling, where a dishonest player might so conceal an ace or other winning card. [Mid-1800s]
laugh up one's sleeve
Rejoice or exult secretly, hide one's amusement, as in When she tripped over her bridal train, her sister couldn't help laughing up her sleeve. This expression replaced the earlier laugh in one's sleeve, used by Richard Sheridan in The Rivals (1775): "'Tis false, sir, I know you are laughing in your sleeve." The expression, which alludes to hiding one's laughter in big loose sleeves, was already a proverb in the mid-1500s.
roll up one's sleeves
Prepare to work, as in When he saw how much snow had fallen he simply rolled up his sleeves and went to find the shovel . This expression, alluding to turning one's sleeves upward to avoid getting them wet or dirty, is used both literally and more loosely, as in the example here.
wear one's heart on one's sleeve
Also, pin one's heart on one's sleeve. Openly show one's feelings, especially amorous ones. For example, You can't help but see how he feels about her; he wears his heart on his sleeve. This expression alludes to the former custom of tying a woman's favor to her lover's sleeve, thereby announcing their attachment. Shakespeare had it in Othello (1:1): "But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at."
have an ace up one’s sleeve
tv. to have something useful in reserve; to have a special trick available. (Have got can replace have.) I still have an ace up my sleeve that you don’t know about.
card up (one's) sleeve
A secret resource or plan held in reserve: a tough negotiator who had a number of cards up his sleeve.
wear (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve
To show one's feelings clearly and openly by one's behavior.
up (one's) sleeve
Hidden but ready to be used: I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.
wear your heart on your sleeve
Reveal your emotions so that they are subject to the comments of others. A young man who has a crush on a young lady may tell everyone that he can't live without her, even though his words may be met by his friends' sneers and jeers. If so, he's wearing his heart on his sleeve, which is to say exposing it in a vulnerable place. The phrase comes from Othello, where devious Iago says, For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In compliment extern, 'tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws [ravens] to peck at. I am not what I am.