Ace up your sleeve

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  • Meaning: 

To have a secret advantage that will later make you come out victorious.

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  • Origin:

The origin of this idiom goes back to the 1500´s when most people didn´t have any pockets in their clothes. As a consequence of this, they had to carry their belongings under their sleeves. Some time later, following this ancient tradition of carrying your possessions in the sleeves, magicians kept doing the same so as to trick their audiences in amusement.  During the 19th century, dishonest card players kept winning cards in their sleeves covertly to inadvertedly pull them out  when there was a chance to win.

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  • Example:

Player: ” Coach, do something. We are losing the game and I don´t see how we can turn the table  in our favor.”

Coach: “There is no need to worry. I have an ace up my sleeve. Hey, Messi, come over here. We need your help! You´ll play with us!”

Player: “Wow! This is what I call a real ace up your sleeve!”

Adapted from: Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms by Marvin Terban, Scholastic Preference, New York.

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