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slang A shortening of "asexual," meaning one who does not feel sexual attraction or desire for others, or who does not feel compelled to engage in sexual activity. That's great that you're so into your boyfriend, but I'm ace, so I just don't feel that kind of attraction for people. Hey, Caroline, I know you're attracted to Bobby, but I think he might be ace. Like, I've been his friend for years, and I've never once heard him express sexual interest in anyone, guy or girl. I used to identify as ace, until I realized that I could feel sexual attraction, it just wouldn't happen until I'd formed an emotional connection with the person.
To do exceptionally well in something, especially an exam or other high-pressure situation. I feel like I aced that interview, so I'm pretty sure the job is mine. I managed to ace that test without even studying for it. I can't believe I aced my driver's test because I'm usually terrible at parallel parking!
To achieve total success at something, or to complete something to the best of one's ability. I'm not worried, I always ace it at job interviews. I'm sure he'll ace it at the match tomorrow morning. A: "How did your driver's test go?" B: "I aced it! Which is hard to believe because I'm usually terrible at parallel parking!"
1. Outmaneuvered or outperformed, often resulting in someone else's victory. In the bowling tournament, Bob was aced after Henry finished the game with a strike. I had the lead throughout the whole race, until I was aced by Emily at the last second. I've been training really hard this year so that I don't get aced in the finals again.
2. slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really aced! I only meant to stay for one drink, but I wound up getting aced. Boy, you sure were aced last night, stumbling in here reeking of alcohol!
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Accomplish something with success, as in I'm sure he'll ace it when he takes that bar exam. The verb ace originated in tennis with the meaning "to hit an unreturnable serve against an opponent." The idiom ace it, however, originated as student slang for getting an "A" on an exam or in a course but soon was extended to other successful accomplishments. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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1. mod. [of persons] best; top-rated. She is an ace reporter with the newspaper.
2. n. one dollar. It only costs an ace. Buy two.
3. tv. to pass a test easily, with an A grade. (see also ace out.) I knew I wouldn’t ace it, but I never thought I’d flunk it!
4. n. a nickname for a foolish and ineffectual person. (Sarcastic. Usually a term of address.) Hey, ace, hand me that monkey wrench—if you know what one is.
5. tv. to surpass someone or something; to beat someone or something; to ace someone out. The Japanese firm aced the Americans by getting the device onto the shelves first.
1. mod. outmaneuvered; outscored. “You are aced, sucker!” shouted Rebecca as she passed Martha in the 100-yard sprint.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. How can anybody be so aced on three beers?
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