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Ace in the Hole

What Does "Ace in the Hole" Mean?

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"Ace in the hole" is an English idiom. It means "a hidden advantage or resource kept in reserve until needed."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "ace in the hole" used in a sentence:
  • He always had an ace in the hole when negotiating deals.
  • In this match, her stamina is her ace in the hole.
  • The new product feature was the company's ace in the hole.
meaning for ace in the hole

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Ace in the Hole" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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