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definition of the word ace_in_the_hole

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From stud poker in which there is one unknown card called the "hole card;" referring to the optimum "hole card" being an ace.

Singular
ace in the hole

Plural
aces in the hole

ace in the hole (plural aces in the hole)

  1. (idiomatic, US, informal) A hidden or secret strength, or unrevealed advantage.
    Our ace in the hole left our opponents stupefied; it isn't every day that an NBA star plays street basketball.

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