have/keep something up your sleeve

have/keep something up your sleeve
have/keep (something) up your sleeve
informal : to have/keep a secret method, trick, etc., that you can use when it is needed

The coach always keeps a few tricks up his sleeve.

They still have some surprises up their sleeves.

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Main Entry:sleeve

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  • have something up your sleeve — phrase to have a secret plan that you can surprise someone with If he won’t cooperate, she has a few tricks up her sleeve she could try. Thesaurus: to be ready, or to get ready for somethingsynonym Main entry: sleeve * * * have/keep sth up your… …   Useful english dictionary

  • have/keep up your sleeve — have/keep (something) up your sleeve informal : to have/keep a secret method, trick, etc., that you can use when it is needed The coach always keeps a few tricks up his sleeve. They still have some surprises up their sleeves. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

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