My grandfather lived fast and large—he liked his liquor and his tobacco, and he was also an ace gambler.
Doug Chrismas, owner of ace Gallery, had realized what curators had missed.
When ace Greenberg started at Bear Stearns that same year, he was paid the same $32.50 per week.
He played his ace of being the first African-American president against her hopes to be the queen of clubs.
We understand if you keep the ace bandage on long after it's healed.
But he was secretly resolved if ace drew a bad one, to exercise his parental authority.
While Ed dealt with that one, the Harn played its ace in the hole.
There was that affair of Lucy West, he had to bring that to light, and old Darcy was within an ace of disinheriting me.
And behold, fortune produces you a lemon black as the ace of spades.
Hollister had showing a deuce of hearts, a trey of clubs, an ace of spades, and a four of hearts.
c.1300, "one at dice," from Old French as "one at dice," from Latin as "a unit, one, a whole, unity;" also the name of a small Roman coin ("originally one pound of copper; reduced by depreciation to half an ounce" [Lewis]), perhaps originally Etruscan and related to Greek eis "one" (from PIE *sem- "one, as one"), or directly from the Greek word.
In English, it meant the side of the die with only one mark before it meant the playing card with one pip (1530s). Because this was the lowest roll at dice, ace was used metaphorically in Middle English for "bad luck" or "something of no value;" but as the ace is often the highest playing card, the extended senses based on "excellence, good quality" arose 18c. as card-playing became popular. Ace in the hole in the figurative sense of "concealed advantage" is attested from 1904, from crooked stud poker deals.
Meaning "outstanding pilot" dates from 1917 (technically, in World War I aviators' jargon, one who has brought down 10 enemy planes, though originally in reference to 5 shot down), from French l'ace (1915), which, according to Bruce Robertson (ed.) "Air Aces of the 1914-1918 War" was used in prewar French sporting publications for "top of the deck" boxers, cyclists, etc. Sports meaning of "point scored" (1819) led to that of "unreturnable serve" (1889).
"to score" (in sports), 1923, from ace (n.). This led in turn to the extended student slang sense of "get high marks" (1959). Related: Aced; acing.
: He did it ace every time
: an ace mechanic/ the ace professor
[fr the name of the playing card]