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hold (all) the aces

To be in a position of power or control over someone or something due to having all the advantages or resources. 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

hold all the aces

 and hold all the cards
to be in a favorable position; to be in a controlling position. (Alludes to having possession of all four aces or all the high cards in a card game.) How can I advance in my career when my competitor holds all the aces? If I held all the aces, I'd be able to do great things. I tried to get my points across, but Joan held all the cards and the board voted for her plan.
See also: ace, all, hold

hold all the aces

Also, hold all the trumps. Be in a winning position, as in We can't argue with Jeff; he holds all the aces, or If Jean refuses, he'll reveal that he holds all the trumps and force her to give in. These expressions allude to card games in which the ace or a trump card outranks all the others. Also see play one's cards right; trump card.
See also: ace, all, hold

hold all the aces

If you hold all the aces, you have more advantages and more power than anyone else. When I was a teenager, I thought girls held all the aces. They hold all the aces; they are the champions and the best team in the country, and have a full-time manager. Note: In many card games, the ace is the card with the highest score.
See also: ace, all, hold

hold all the aces

have all the advantages.
See also: ace, all, 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

hold all the aces

tv. to be in control of everything. The boss holds all the aces on this deal.
See also: ace, all, hold
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