an ace in the hole

an ace in the hole
an ace up one's sleeve or an ace in the hole
A decisive but hidden advantage
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Main Entry:ace

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an ace in the hole (US) (or chiefly Brit an ace up your sleeve)
◇ If you have an ace in the hole or an ace up your sleeve, you have a powerful and often secret weapon, advantage, etc., that you can use if it is needed.

The mayor's popularity among elderly voters gives him an ace in the hole for the coming election.

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Main Entry:ace
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an ace in the hole — see ace, 1
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Main Entry:hole

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