trick up (one's) sleeve

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trick up (one's) sleeve

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.
See also: sleeve, trick, up
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What I feel Newcastle are really lacking at the minute is a flair player who has a trick up his sleeve, someone like a Gazza, Tony Green or Asprilla or, best of all, a Jimmy Smith.
The show's executive producer, Richard Cowles has hinted that he has a big trick up his sleeve.
Best, however, are the layered vocals of Impossible Ride and the harmonies of It's All Over, proving Mason has more than one trick up his sleeve.
He always has a trick up his sleeve and I enjoy watching him run rings around the opposition.
These projects suggest he's likely to have another good trick up his sleeve by the time he needs it.
And if that's not enough, Hahn has another trick up his sleeve - litigation.