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have all the aces

To be in a position of power or control over someone or something else. Likened to having the best hand in a card game. He's bigger than me, and stronger, and faster—he just has all the aces.
See also: ace, all, have

hold (all) the aces

To be in a position of power or control over someone or something else. Likened to having the best hand in a card game. He's bigger than me, and stronger, and faster—he just holds all the aces.
See also: ace, hold

have/hold (all) the ˈaces

(also hold all the ˈcards) be in a controlling position because you have certain advantages over another person: The Labour Party candidate holds all the aces — he’s local and well liked.
See also: ace, have, hold
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CITY hold the aces as they seek a deal for Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez.
In the day's other first-round clash, Judd Trump would seem to hold the aces for his date with Luca Brecel.
United now hold the aces in the Euro battle but Mackay said: "We must try and win our last two games but it's advantage United right now as they are above us on goal difference and have an easier run-in on paper.
Ireland hold the aces by y having the more experienced team today and England's best player, Irishman Eoin Morgan (above), is away on IPL duty.
I believe the fans hold the aces, in their wallets, as playing away can only work with their support.
Casio bounced back from his seven-point output in Game 3 to hold the Aces and tie the series at 2-2.
com Nursery are a little murkier, but he could conceivably hold the aces in this extended one-mile heat.
Brighton are well placed in the division and they should certainly hold the aces when they journey to luckless West Park on Saturday.
For that reason, I'd imagine this meeting will be like a game of poker but hopefully David Moyes will hold the aces.
NIGEL Twiston-Davies continues to hold the aces in the opening weeks of the new jumps season.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' runners should never be taken lightly in the early stages of the autumn and he could hold the aces in the terrestrially-televised races at Chepstow.
Essex appear to hold the aces after the first day skipper Ronnie Irani reached 87 in their 388 reply to 396.
Thomas conceded that the Springboks hold the aces in terms of sheer size, but warned that the third round of the autumn international series will not just be about brute force.
FRANCE supremo Philippe Saint Andre believes Ireland hold the aces going into the 2015 championship.
But with two games in hand, Pellegrini's men could still hold the aces ahead of their clash with Southampton today.