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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Luckily the crew have an ace up their sleeve in the form of "Dicko" the winchman.
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Again, nothing is quite what it seems, and somebody has a final ace up their sleeve to ensure it ends with an almighty bang.
And Derby believe they have an ace up their sleeve after signing defender Stefano Eranio on a free transfer from Milan.
But even the an apothecary ace up their sleeves, Chinese archaeologists, like Western investigators, have spirited disagreements over the interpretation of the same sets of fossils, says Olsen.