from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Games A card in the trump suit, held in reserve for winning a trick.
  • n. A key resource to be used at an opportune moment; a trump: "[They] seem determined to use the agreement as a trump card to obtain ... all the advantages they feel they deserve” ( Christian Science Monitor).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A playing card, of the trump suite that is held in reserve until needed to win a trick
  • n. Something used to obtain an advantage, sometimes unscrupulously

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps


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  • Joan Durbeyfield always managed to find consolation somewhere: 'Well, as one of the genuine stock, she ought to make her way with' en, if she plays her trump card aright.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • She had always regarded “Ave Maria” as the Church’s trump card at funerals, but resisted tears by concentrating on the goings-on at the altar.



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