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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. GamesPhrasal Verb:
To play a trump.
To devise fraudulently: trumped up a charge of conspiracy.
[Alteration of triumph.]
[Middle English trompe, from Old French; see trumpet.]
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