shove a strong trump up a sleeve

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by plam, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. plam Senior Member

    Slovene; Slovenia
    Hi! Could sb help me understand this phrase? Explain or translate it into Spanish...

    He told the press that if the parliament failed to support the protocol, XY would shove a strong trump up XY's sleeve.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chez Senior Member

    London
    English English
    a trump = a trump card (i.e. a card that will help you win in a game of cards)

    to have a card up one's sleeve = to have a secret/surprise advantage that will help you win (literally, a game of cards; metaphorically, an argument or situation).

    So, in your example, if parliament failed to support the protocol, it would give XY a good advantage/weapon that he could use in the future to win his argument.
     
  3. plam Senior Member

    Slovene; Slovenia
    Thank you so much. You've been a great help...
     

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