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What does have a card up your sleeve mean?

Meaning of idioms with examples...

have a card up your sleeve

To have a secret plan that can be used when needed.

The origin of this idiom

Reference to cheating or dishonest card players when they secretly put a card up their sleeve to be used when it is required.
Now the phrase is used to refer to a backup plan, a sort of contingency plan - an advantage that others don't have.


She still has got something up her sleeve, and it should solve all her problems.

Our team has been the weakest in this tournament, but I think they've still got one or two cards up their sleeve.

Nancy must have an ace up her sleeve; otherwise, she wouldn't have rejected that offer

This idiom is in the clothes category

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