ace up (one's) sleeve(redirected from an ace up sleeve)
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. She's keeping all the details of their unscrupulous business practices as an ace in her sleeve should they ever try to fire her.
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