ace in the hole

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A hidden or secret strength, or unrevealed advantage.

Etymology:

  • From stud poker in which there is one unknown card called the "hole card;" referring to the optimum "hole card" being an ace.
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Our ace in the hole left our opponents stupefied; it isn't every day that an NBA star plays street basketball.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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