a playing card or die marked with or having the value indicated by a single spot: He dealt me four aces in the first hand.
a single spot or mark on a playing card or die.
(in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.)
Also called serv·ice ace . a placement made on a service.
a serve that the opponent fails to touch.
the point thus scored.
a fighter pilot credited with destroying a prescribed number or more of enemy aircraft, usually five, in combat.
Slang. a one-dollar bill.
Slang. a close friend.
Also called hole in one . a shot in which the ball is driven from the tee into the hole in one stroke: He hit a 225-yard ace on the first hole.
a score of one stroke made on such a shot: to card an ace.
Slang. a barbiturate or amphetamine capsule or pill.
a very small quantity, amount, or degree; a particle: not worth an ace.
Slang. a grade of A; the highest grade or score.
(in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.) to win a point against (one's opponent) by an ace.
Golf. to make an ace on (a hole).
Slang. to cheat, defraud, or take advantage of (often followed by out): to be aced out of one's inheritance;friend who aced me out of a good job.
to receive a grade of A, as on a test or in a course (sometimes followed by out).
to complete easily and successfully: He aced every physical fitness test they gave him.
ace it, Slang. to accomplish something with complete success: a champion who could ace it every time.
Idioms about ace
ace up one's sleeve, an important, effective, or decisive argument, resource, or advantage kept in reserve until needed.
be aces with, Slang. to be highly regarded by: The boss says you're aces with him.
easy aces, Auction Bridge. aces equally divided between opponents.
within an ace of, within a narrow margin of; close to: He came within an ace of winning.
Other definitions for ace (2 of 3)
a person who experiences little or no sexual attraction to other people; asexual: She's an ace, but she's had a couple of romantic relationships.
experiencing little or no sexual attraction to other people: As someone who identifies as ace, this article gave me much food for thought.
Other definitions for ACE (3 of 3)
American Council on Education.
Army Corps of Engineers.
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How to use ace in a sentence
Meanwhile, Montas has looked like an ace with a splitter he added that produced the fifth-best whiff-per-swing mark of its kind last season.
Staff ace Max Scherzer has enjoyed seven-straight top-five Cy Young finishes and shows little sign of slowing.The Dodgers Lead Our National League Predictions, But Don’t Count Out The Nats Or … Reds? | Travis Sawchik | July 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
A sleeper NL Cy Young candidate is ace Chris Paddack, who was limited to 140 ⅔ innings as a rookie last season by the cautious Padres.The Dodgers Lead Our National League Predictions, But Don’t Count Out The Nats Or … Reds? | Travis Sawchik | July 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Do you have a high ace score — adverse childhood experiences.The Opioid Tragedy, Part 2: “It’s Not a Death Sentence” (Ep. 403) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 23, 2020 | Freakonomics
There’s also the fact that painkillers are, by their nature, a desirable medication — they literally make your pain stop — so you can imagine patients demanding them a bit more adamantly than they’d demand a statin or an ace inhibitor.The Opioid Tragedy, Part 1: “We’ve Addicted an Entire Generation” (Ep. 402) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 16, 2020 | Freakonomics
An ace comedic turn that, in lesser hands, would come off as one-note.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
My grandfather lived fast and large—he liked his liquor and his tobacco, and he was also an ace gambler.
Time and time again, we see women being asked to ace some arbitrary test in order to be deemed model victims.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse | Amy Zimmerman | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is getting ready to watch Jack Morris, the Tigers ace, go for win number nineteen against the Toronto Blue Jays.
After the war Valerie married Peter Middleton, a wartime RAF flying ace.Kate Middleton’s Code-Breaking Granny: Duchess Uncovers Wartime Secrets | Tim Teeman | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has drawn a knave and a six; he takes another card; this turns out to be an ace.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
It must be an ace or a king and queen above the average if only two suits are protected.
Without an ace, four kings, two queens and a knave are required in order to justify the declaration.
With three honours any two of which are in sequence (not to the ace) the player should lead the higher of the sequence.
The worst throw was when the four pieces exposed the same number on each, and that number an ace.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
British Dictionary definitions for ace (1 of 2)
any die, domino, or any of four playing cards with one spot
a single spot or pip on a playing card, die, etc
tennis a winning serve that the opponent fails to reach
golf, mainly US a hole in one
a fighter pilot accredited with destroying several enemy aircraft
informal an expert or highly skilled person: an ace at driving
an ace up one's sleeve or an ace in the hole a hidden and powerful advantage
hold all the aces to have all the advantages or power
play one's ace to use one's best weapon or resource
within an ace of almost to the point of: he came within an ace of winning
informal superb; excellent
tennis to serve an ace against
golf, mainly US to play (a hole) in one stroke
US and Canadian to perform extremely well or score very highly in (an examination, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for ACE (2 of 2)
(in Britain) Advisory Centre for Education; a private organization offering advice on schools to parents
Allied Command Europe
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ace
In addition to the idioms beginning with ace
- ace in the hole
- ace it
- ace out
- hold all the aces
- within an ace of
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