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
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up your sleeve

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

Hidden but ready to be used: I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.
See also: sleeve, up
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"We've put a lot more work in this week and have a few different things up our sleeve."
"At McDonald's," Langert says, "we like to roll up our sleeves and get things done." Naked tree sitters have no sleeves.