One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plan or piece of information kept secret until it becomes necessary to use it.
- ‘Not yet, I still have an ace up my sleeve and I assure you it's a killer.’
- ‘I keep wondering what the ace up their sleeve is.’
- ‘No sane person wants to get into a ‘knife fight,’ but it's comforting to have an ace up your sleeve if trouble finds you.’
- ‘There's always something there, another ace up his sleeve, because the company abounds in talent and ideas like no other.’
- ‘However the marketers might have an ace up their sleeve.’
- ‘Of course Sky have an ace up their sleeve, and that's its ownership of the programme listings associated with the various channels it carries on its satellite service.’
- ‘That's why you may need an ace up your sleeve for these lavish projects: the European-style kitchen system.’
- ‘It was the ace up his sleeve, the thing that would get him out of anything he got himself into.’
- ‘The knight gave a slow grin that immediately told Jade that he had an ace up his sleeve.’
- ‘‘Even if I lose, which I will not,’ she said, ‘I have an ace up my sleeve.’’
- ‘The Foreign Secretary had an ace up his sleeve as he faced the Commons' Foreign Affairs select committee.’
- ‘Also tomorrow, we have another ace up our sleeve.’
- ‘He may be the one holding the weapon, but she held the ace up her sleeve.’
- ‘Maintaining that will be a potential ace up our sleeve.’
- ‘And considering that this is not the kind of break that most newcomers manage to get, she does seem to have an ace up her sleeve.’
- ‘That would have been enough for most athletes, but the hungry Hungarian had another ace up her sleeve.’
- ‘He was working on something to get her out of this, perhaps even now he had an ace up his sleeve.’
- ‘The wife has an ace up her sleeve and the loyal house servant gets her revenge.’
- ‘This idea he'd been pushing around for some time now was very, very appealing; he'd held it in reserve, the final ace up his sleeve, just in case he might need it.’
- ‘If you decide to go against the rules - and that's what they're there for - you have to have an ace up your sleeve.’
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