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trump

1 noun
     
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trump1 [countable]
1

trumps

[plural] also trump American EnglishDGC the suit (=one of the four types of cards in a set) chosen to have a higher value than the other suits in a particular card game:
Hearts are trumps.
2 also trump cardDGC a card from the suit that has been chosen to have a higher value than the other suits in a particular game
3

trump card

something that you can do or use in a situation, which gives you an advantage:
But then he decided to play his trump card (=use his advantage).
They hold all the trump cards (=have things which could give them an advantage).
4

come/turn up trumps

to provide what is needed, especially unexpectedly and at the last moment:
Paul came up trumps and managed to borrow a car for us.

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