trump card


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trump card

n.
1. Games A card in the trump suit, held in reserve for winning a trick.
2. A key resource to be used at an opportune moment; a trump: "[They] seem determined to use the agreement as a trump card to obtain ... all the advantages they feel they deserve" (Christian Science Monitor).

trump′ card′


n.
2. something that gives a person or group a decisive or winning advantage.
[1815–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trump card - a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumpstrump card - a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps; "the ace of trumps is a sure winner"
playing card - one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

trump card

noun
Something, especially something held in reserve, that gives one a decisive advantage:
Informal: clincher.
Translations

trump card

n (Cards) → Trumpfkarte f; (fig)Trumpf m; to play one’s trump card (lit, fig)seinen Trumpf ausspielen

trump card

natout m inv (fig) → asso nella manica
References in classic literature ?
Joan Durbeyfield always managed to find consolation somewhere: "Well, as one of the genuine stock, she ought to make her way with 'en, if she plays her trump card aright.
He knew that his opponent was simply playing to gain time, but, after all, he held the trump card.
asked Laurie, feeling that his trump card had been played when lunch was over.
He dared not use his pistol for fear that once they discovered its power he would be overcome by weight of numbers and relieved of possession of what he considered his trump card, to be reserved until the last moment that it might be used to aid in his escape, for already the Englishman was planning, though almost hopelessly, such an attempt.
At that moment des Lupeaulx, coming leisurely downstairs to breakfast with the minister, was asking himself whether, before playing a trump card for the husband, it might not be prudent to probe the wife's heart and make sure of a reward for his devotion.
Last January, Hossein Sheikholeslam, an advisor to Larijani on international affairs said that Iranian parliament has a trump card in case the US imposes new sanctions on Iran.
And he used his win as his trump card in his interview for a job as credit controller.
According to Sport24, praising Steyn, Du Plessis said that he needs to bring Steyn back in the game as the pace bowler is his trump card, while New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum also hailed Steyn's efforts, saying that winning in the final over was difficult against a top bowler like Steyn.
But most of the franchises aren't happy with the development and they have asked the IPL governing council to reconsider the decision and have forwarded the proposal of restricting the retention -- including usage of the trump card -- to five players.
She played her trump card when offering the miners appealing redundancy payments just weeks before Christmas.
Dnevnik has learned from the election committee of the party that their mayoral candidates' biggest trump card in the local poll on 24 March will be the projects for raising the number of employees in the municipal administration.
Players may continue to try to buy the trump card or even to purchase cards that are face down on the chance that they will be high.