ace up one's sleeve

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  1. mod.
    [of persons] best; top-rated. : She is an ace reporter with the newspaper.
  2. n.
    one dollar. : It only costs an ace. Buy two.
  3. tv.
    to pass a test easily, with an A grade. (See also ace out.) : I knew I wouldn't ace it, but I never thought I'd flunk it!
  4. n.
    a nickname for a foolish and ineffectual person. (Sarcastic. Usually a term of address.) : Hey, ace, hand me that monkey wrench—if you know what one is.
  5. tv.
    to surpass someone or something; to beat someone or something; to ace (so) out. : The Japanese firm aced the Americans by getting the device onto the shelves first.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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