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strong suit

noun
1.
Bridge. a long suit that contains high cards.
2.
Also called strong point. one's most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; forte:
Patience is not his strong suit.
Origin of strong suit
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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  • As a matter of fact thought was not his strong suit in the game of life.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Marge: Anything—but temporary parlour-maid is my strong suit.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • He got out a strong suit of armour, and even helped him to put it on.

    Our Little Jewish Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • His strong suit was his unruffled composure and cool self-control.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
  • We were both madly in love with the same woman, and—well, my brother held the strong suit.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett
  • He wore a strong suit of home-made brown jeans, a black felt cap with ear-flaps, and high boots.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • In fact, from the personal appearances of many worthy teetotallers I have known digestion cannot be their strong suit.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • The hand which contains the strong suit should be sufficiently strong in cards of re-entry.

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