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.
"What's her trump card? Her d'Urberville blood, you mean?"
He knew that his opponent was simply playing to gain time, but, after all, he held the trump card. He could afford to wait.
Lady Ruth had played her trump card. She had touched his fingers with hers, her eyes shone with the promise of unutterable things.
what shall we do when we can't eat anymore?" 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.
We have to ask [the government]: Was President Trump's offer to mediate his trump card or trap card?," Shehbaz Sharif told a joint parliamentary session on Tuesday, which was convened to discuss the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir.
He questioned whether the US President Donald Trump's offer to mediate Kashmir dispute was a trump card or trap card, adding that this is a test for the international community including US President.
Yu recently reasoned in a commentary that the DPP should play its trump card to stay in power for the 2020 presidential race.
The pace battery of the English side will be supported by their three frontline pacers Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett while Tom Curran and David Willey can be the trump card for them.
TV bosses believe showbiz veteran Noel Edmonds will be the "trump card" in this year's I'm a Celebrity...