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turn up trumps

End well, succeed, as in Some brief courtships and hasty marriages turn up trumps. This expression alludes to card games in which trump cards are superior to cards of other suits. [ Late 1700s ]
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  • To expect that, after taking part in half a dozen drag sweeps, any one of them will turn up trumps.

  • I hope it'll turn up trumps, though it's a bit of a risk in my opinion.

  • “We may turn up trumps at any moment, old fellow,” said Dallas cheerily.

    To Win or to Die George Manville Fenn
  • The thing may or may not turn up trumps, but in any case I have made an effort to spare a little money to buy some of the shares.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • Do you mean to tell me, as man to man, that that is going to turn up trumps?

    The Vicar's People George Manville Fenn
  • They goes and buys things that they haven't got the money to pay for, and then waits to see if they'll turn up trumps.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • I had got to learn as much as any of the prophets and tipsters, and yet I could never manage to turn up trumps.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

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