trump card

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trump card (plural trump cards)

  1. (card games) A playing card, of the trump suit that is held in reserve until needed to win a trick.
  2. (figurative) Something used to obtain an advantage, sometimes unscrupulously.
    • 2012, Zadie Smith, NW, London: Penguin Books, published 2013, →ISBN, page 160:
      Desperate now to leave, Felix played what he believed was his trump card. ‘You’re forty-whatever. Look at you. You’re still living like this. I want to have kids. I want to get on with my life.’

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