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Origin of trump card
Words nearby trump card
Example sentences from the Web for trump card
Fate had placed what seemed like a trump-card in the hands of the patiently-manoeuvring mother.
I saw too plainly that even though my wallet was gone I still held the trump-card—that he feared me.The Czar's Spy|William Le Queux
On the other hand, I had up my sleeve a trump-card—the death and cremation of the mysterious Gabrielle Engledue.The Stretton Street Affair|William Le Queux
I saw that her curiosity was aroused and that she was eager to provide herself with a trump-card for the next meeting.Married|August Strindberg
The trump-card in your hand is a sight of my niece, and I'll take care you don't play it!No Name|Wilkie Collins
Cultural definitions for trump card
In general, something capable of making a decisive difference when used at the right moment; in certain card games, trump is the suit designated as having precedence over the others: “The prosecutor was about to win the case, when the defense lawyer produced her trump card: an eyewitness who testified that the accused was nowhere near the scene of the crime.”
Idioms and Phrases with trump card
A key resource to gain an advantage at the opportune moment, as in That surprise witness was the defense's trump card, or She played her trump card, announcing that the Senator would speak. This expression transfers the trump card of games such as bridge, which can win over a card of another suit, to other kinds of advantage. [Early 1800s]