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    Question an ace in the hole



    There has been a thread about 'an ace up your sleeve' in another forum, what is the difference between it and "an ace in the hole" and how can we use the latter in a sentence?

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    Default Re: an ace in the hole

    They appear to mean much the same thing; they can both be found here: English Idioms Beginning With 'A' - Page 1 - UsingEnglish.com

    Sorry easybreakable; I didn't realise this when I suggested you start another thread. I know the expression 'an ace up your sleeve', but 'an ace in the hole' was new to me.

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    Default Re: an ace in the hole

    It's ok, the page is fantastic but I wish there were sentences for each idiom.

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    Default Re: an ace in the hole

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    I've never heard of 'an ace in the hole' either, I think it must be US English. I do know 'an ace up my sleeve', though, in British English. This could go in the following sentence:

    When negotiating with her manager for a pay rise, Mary had an ace up her sleeve.

    In my example, Mary had something (that her manager was not aware she had) that would help her get a better pay rise. Perhaps she had just made a really big sale for her company?

    It might have a darker meaning: perhaps Mary knew that her manager was having an affair, and was threatening to tell his wife unless he gave her a pay rise?

    Basically, it means having some kind of 'ammunition' that will help you achieve something, that your opponent is not aware you have (as if you had the ace card in a game of poker).

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    Thumbs up Re: an ace in the hole

    Thank you.

    I'm studying on my own for the TOFEL and come across many unfamiliar words and idioms, soon I will post them asking for sentences.

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    Default Re: an ace in the hole

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post
    Thank you.

    I'm studying on my own for the TOFEL and come across many unfamiliar words and idioms, soon I will post them asking for sentences.
    It would be a good idea if you created your own sentences and posted them for our comments. We like people to try for themselves first.

    If you use the expressions correctly, it is satisfying to have your correct sentences confirmed. if you use them incorrectly, we may be able to tell you why.

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    Default Re: an ace in the hole

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It would be a good idea if you created your own sentences and posted them for our comments. We like people to try for themselves first.

    If you use the expressions correctly, it is satisfying to have your correct sentences confirmed. if you use them incorrectly, we may be able to tell you why.

    Sure thing, thanks

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    Default Re: an ace in the hole

    "Ace in the hole" is definitely used over here in the states. It means the same thing as an "an ace up the sleeve".

    "Competiton for the regional manager position is pretty stiff, but I've got an ace in the hole;
    I'm marrying the boss's daughter next week."

    It refers to poker, most forms of which see the player dealt a number of cards face down. This is known as "the hole".
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 20-Nov-2011 at 19:25.

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    Lightbulb Re: an ace in the hole

    I think things are clearer now, thanks a lot.

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