ace in the hole

ace in the hole
A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [eys in stressed th ee hohl]
    • /eɪs ɪn stressed ði hoʊl/
    • /eɪs ɪn ðə həʊl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [eys in stressed th ee hohl]
    • /eɪs ɪn stressed ði hoʊl/

Definitions of ace in the hole words

  • phrase ace in the hole Something that is an ace in the hole is an advantage which you have over an opponent or rival, and which you can use if necessary. 3
  • noun ace in the hole an ace dealt and kept face down until the deal is over 3
  • noun ace in the hole any advantage held in reserve until needed 3
  • noun ace in the hole Poker. an ace dealt and held face down, especially in stud poker. 1
  • noun ace in the hole an advantage or a resource kept back until the proper opportunity presents itself: His ace in the hole is his political influence. 1
  • noun ace in the hole asset, trump 1

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Origin of ace in the hole

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25

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Parts of speech for Ace in the hole


ace in the hole popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 3% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for ace in the hole

noun ace in the hole

  • reserve — to keep back or save for future use, disposal, treatment, etc.
  • trump card — Cards. trump1 (def 1a).
  • ace up one's sleeve — a playing card or die marked with or having the value indicated by a single spot: He dealt me four aces in the first hand.
  • card up one's sleeve — a plan or resource kept secret or held in reserve

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