Idioms

Origin of ace

1250–1300; 1915 for def 4; Middle English as, aas < Old French as < Latin: a unit; cf. as2; sense 4 after French as in World War I; sense 5 < 4
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British Dictionary definitions for ace it (1 of 2)

ace

/ (eɪs) /

noun

adjective

informal superb; excellent

verb (tr)

Word Origin for ace

C13: via Old French from Latin as a unit, perhaps from a Greek variant of heis one

British Dictionary definitions for ace it (2 of 2)

ACE

/ (eɪs) /

n acronym for

(in Britain) Advisory Centre for Education; a private organization offering advice on schools to parents
Allied Command Europe
angiotensin-converting enzymeSee ACE inhibitor
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Idioms and Phrases with ace it (1 of 2)

ace it


Accomplish something with success, as in I'm sure he'll ace it when he takes that bar exam. The verb ace originated in tennis with the meaning “to hit an unreturnable serve against an opponent.” The idiom ace it, however, originated as student slang for getting an “A” on an exam or in a course but soon was extended to other successful accomplishments. [Slang; mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with ace it (2 of 2)

ace


In addition to the idioms beginning with ace

  • ace in the hole
  • ace it
  • ace out

also see:

  • hold all the aces
  • within an ace of
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