up (one's) sleeve

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up (one's) sleeve

Of a plan or advantage, kept in secret so it 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! I've got a few tricks up my sleeve if he decides to pursue legal action against me.
See also: sleeve, up

up your sleeve

(of a strategy, idea, or resource) kept secret and in reserve for use when needed.
See also: sleeve, up

up (one's) sleeve

Hidden but ready to be used: I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.
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When Shane, 41, ventured into a casino for his team's entry in the World Poker tournament, 46-year-old Liz was the ace up his sleeve. He said: "This is the first time Elizabeth has joined me in Vegas.
GOVERNMENT minister David Miliband rolled up his sleeves and got dirty during a visit to Birmingham.
Join the finance committee to debate the half-million-dollar organ renovation, or roll up his sleeves and make a casserole to comfort grieving friends and family at a funeral dinner?
"Bruce offers technical know-how, he rolls up his sleeves, puts on jeans and takes care of problems.