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In bridge, whist, and similar card games, a playing card of the suit chosen to rank above the others, which can win a trick where a card of a different suit has been led; (in a tarot pack) any of a special suit of 22 cards depicting symbolic and typical figures and scenes. The word is an alteration of triumph, once used in card games in the same sense.

come (or turn) up trumps (of a person or situation) have a better performance or outcome than expected.

trump something up invent a false accusation or excuse.


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