trick up (one's) sleeve

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trick 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. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve if he decides to pursue legal action against me.
See also: sleeve, trick, up
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YOUNG magicians proved they had a trick up their sleeves thanks to a summer holiday magic class.
But having forfeited a rate-of- inflation salary increase, the politicians had another trick up their sleeves and that was to boost the level of their expenses.
But what they didn't know was that Youkin and Jacobs had a trick up their sleeves.
Meanwhile, conventional beam-style robots have a powerful new trick up their sleeves in the form of zippy linear-servo drives.