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trump 1

1. Games
a. often trumps A suit in card games that outranks all other suits for the duration of a hand.
b. A card of such a suit.
c. A trump card.
2. A key resource to be used at an opportune moment.
3. Informal A reliable or admirable person.
v. trumped, trump·ing, trumps
1. Games To take (a card or trick) with a trump.
2. To get the better of (an adversary or competitor, for example) by using a crucial, often hidden resource.
v.intr. Games
To play a trump.
Phrasal Verb:
trump up
To devise fraudulently: trumped up a charge of conspiracy.

[Alteration of triumph.]

trump 2

A trumpet.

[Middle English trompe, from Old French; see trumpet.]


pl n
1. (Card Games) (sometimes singular) cards any one of the four suits, decided by cutting or bidding, that outranks all the other suits for the duration of a deal or game
2. turn up trumps (of a person) to bring about a happy or successful conclusion (to an event, problem, etc), esp unexpectedly
References in classic literature ?
It was a fine gam we had, and they were all trumps --every soul on board.
I'll lay you five to one Frank turns up trumps in this business
Of the manner and extent to which he took our trumps into custody, and came out with mean little cards at the ends of hands, before which the glory of our Kings and Queens was utterly abased, I say nothing; nor, of the feeling that I had, respecting his looking upon us personally in the light of three very obvious and poor riddles that he had found out long ago.
All included," calmly retorted Fogg; adding, as he threw down the cards, "Two trumps.
It was rather risky, and it might have been expensive, but it turned up trumps.
I've been thinking all along that clubs were trumps.
Vanity occasionally leads a man to display wealth, but sooner or later the Emperor trumps up a charge against him--any sort of one will do--and confiscates his property.
You was turned up Trumps originally; and Trumps you must be, till you die