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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Card-playing spies may have more than a trick up their sleeve. How about a hidden map inside a card?
YOUNG magicians proved they had a trick up their sleeves thanks to a summer holiday magic class.