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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.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trumping - (card games) the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit
turn, play - (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
bridge - any of various card games based on whist for four players
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