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.
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up your sleeve

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

Hidden but ready to be used: I still have a few tricks up my sleeve.
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TNT's management will have to roll up their sleeves, come up with a plan and get down to work," Scholte said.
So its time for idea-gurus to roll up their sleeves and send in their nominations for proto.
WASHINGTON - Vaccines aren't just for kids, but far too few grown-ups are rolling up their sleeves, disappointed federal health officials reported Wednesday.
CHILDREN are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and enjoy getting their hands dirty during a summer of grotty fun at a Staffordshire tourist attraction.
CITY councillor Hazel Noonan and Adele Ball, chairwoman of the Action for Cheylesmore group, rolled up their sleeves and joined in a litter-pick at the weekend.
To defend freedom and democracy in World War II, lots of people rolled up their sleeves and went to work.
Meanwhile, conventional beam-style robots have a powerful new trick up their sleeves in the form of zippy linear-servo drives.
Taking a break from fighting crime, deputies at the Palmdale sheriff's station rolled up their sleeves Thursday to donate blood in an effort to help one of their own.