ace in the hole
- Stud Poker an ace dealt and kept face down until the deal is over
- Slang any advantage held in reserve until needed
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ace in the hole - Cultural Definition
A hidden advantage or resource kept in reserve until needed: “The coach was certain that his new trick play would turn out to be his ace in the hole.” This term comes from the game of stud poker, in which one or more cards are turned face down, or “in the hole,” as bets are placed. The ace is the card with the highest value.