Have an Ace Up One’s Sleeve

Welcome to English in a minute!Let’s see what surprises Anna and Jonathan have for us with this weeks expression.Have An Ace Up One’s Sleeve.Do you think you can afford the house you want to buy? I think so .But I do have an ace up my sleeve.Have you been going to the horse track again?No! Jonathan.The homeowner and I are good friends.She’ll give me a fair price.To have an ace up one’s sleeve means to have a secret or surprise that helps you get what you want.Dishonest poker players would keep a high card,usually an ace,hidden in their sleeves they would pull out the card when no one was watching.These days,this expression has a less negative meaning.And that’s English in a minute.

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