hold all the trumps
. Be in a winning position, as in
We can’t argue with Jeff; he holds all the aces
If Jean refuses, he’ll reveal that he holds all the trumps and force her to give in
. These expressions allude to card games in which the ace or a trump card outranks all the others. Also see
noun 1. a button on a telephone that enables someone to interrupt an incoming call temporarily in order to answer another call.
[hohld-bak] /ˈhoʊldˌbæk/ noun 1. the iron or strap on the shaft of a horse-drawn vehicle to which the breeching of the harness is attached, enabling the horse to hold back or to back the vehicle. 2. a device for restraining or checking, as a doorstop or tieback. 3. a stop or delay: a holdback in […]
[hohld-doun] /ˈhoʊldˌdaʊn/ noun 1. a clamp for holding a metal piece, as a sheet being deep-drawn, to prevent distortion or movement. 2. restraint or limitation short of reduction, especially on costs: a substantial holddown on military spending.
[hohl-duh n] /ˈhoʊl dən/ verb, Archaic. 1. a past participle of 1 . [hohl-duh n] /ˈhoʊl dən/ noun 1. a city in central Massachusetts. [hohld] /hoʊld/ verb (used with object), held; held or (Archaic) holden; holding. 1. to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. […]