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ace up one's sleeve, an

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198609810
Published online January 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191727047
ace up one's sleeve, an

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an effective resource or piece of information held in reserve. The ace, the card marked with a single pip, is the highest card in many card games, and so represents the greatest advantage a dishonest player could gain over an opponent. The North American version of this is ...

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