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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Stand-out tracks on the night were Memorize The City and Brother, while the gentle Don't Be Angry proves they don't just have one trick up their sleeve.
Card-playing spies may have more than a trick up their sleeve.
More often than not, they have some trick up their sleeve to enhance their transmission [to the next generation]," he says.
YOUNG magicians proved they had a trick up their sleeves thanks to a summer holiday magic class.
But having forfeited a rate-of- inflation salary increase, the politicians had another trick up their sleeves and that was to boost the level of their expenses.
But what they didn't know was that Youkin and Jacobs had a trick up their sleeves.