have a card up one's sleeve


have a card up one's sleeve
have a plan or idea in reserve, have a strategy ready

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • have a card up your sleeve — phrase to have a secret advantage that you can use later She still has one card up her sleeve – she knows the director. Thesaurus: to be ready, or to get ready for somethingsynonym Main entry: card * * * have a card up your ˈsleeve idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • have a card up your sleeve — to have a secret advantage that you can use later She still has one card up her sleeve – she knows the director …   English dictionary

  • card — I. /kad / (say kahd) noun 1. a piece of stiff paper or thin pasteboard, usually rectangular, for various uses: a business card. 2. → postcard. 3. a piece of cardboard with more or less elaborate ornamentation, bearing a complimentary greeting: a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • card — {{11}}card (n.) c.1400, from M.Fr. carte (14c.), from L. charta leaf of paper, tablet, from Gk. khartes layer of papyrus, probably from Egyptian. Form influenced after 14c. by It. carta (see CHART (Cf. chart)). Sense of playing cards is oldest in …   Etymology dictionary

  • card — 1. n. & v. n. 1 thick stiff paper or thin pasteboard. 2 a a flat piece of this, esp. for writing or printing on. b = POSTCARD. c a card used to send greetings, issue an invitation, etc. (birthday card). d = visiting card. e = business card. f a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • card — card1 W2S1 [ka:d US ka:rd] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(information)¦ 2¦(money)¦ 3¦(greetings)¦ 4¦(holiday)¦ 5¦(stiff paper)¦ 6¦(for writing information)¦ 7¦(games)¦ 8 football/baseball etc card 9¦(business)¦ 10¦(computer)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • card — 1 noun 1 library/membership/identity etc card a small piece of plastic or paper that shows that someone belongs to a particular organization, club etc: Employees must show their ID cards at the gate. 2 BIRTHDAY/CHRISTMAS ETC (C) a piece of thick… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • card — card1 [ kard ] noun *** ▸ 1 for paying/getting money ▸ 2 with information ▸ 3 for sending greetings ▸ 4 for playing games ▸ 5 something giving an advantage ▸ 6 in a computer ▸ 7 someone who makes you laugh ▸ 8 thick stiff paper ▸ + PHRASES 1. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • card — I UK [kɑː(r)d] / US [kɑrd] noun Word forms card : singular card plural cards *** 1) [uncountable] British thick stiff paper, thinner than cardboard 2) a) [countable] a piece of thick stiff paper folded into two equal parts, with a picture and a… …   English dictionary

  • card*/*/*/ — [kɑːd] noun 1) [C] a folded piece of thick stiff paper with a picture and a message on it a birthday/Christmas card[/ex] 2) [C] a small flat piece of plastic that you use for buying things, or for getting money from a bank I gave the waiter my… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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