ace up (one's) sleeve

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ace 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. 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.
See also: ace, sleeve, up
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When Shane, 41, ventured into a casino for his team's entry in the World Poker tournament, 46-year-old Liz was the ace up his sleeve.
Track conditions at Epsom will be different to those previously encountered by Dream Empress, but McPeek has an ace up his sleeve as he dreams of a bumper payday.
But Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) has an ace up his sleeve.
But Deggsy has an ace up his sleeve in the form of two hookers and a bottle of cheap vodka normally used by barbers for cleaning combs.
Hoops coach Jozef Venglos is banking on pounds 300,000 bargain buy Lubo to be the ace up his sleeve against Rangers at Hampden on May 29.
But, Dan had an ace up his sleeve - Antigen, a best of breed virus detection software application from Sybari Software (www.