Значение идиомы up one’s sleeve

[up one’s sleeve] or [in one’s sleeve] {adv. phr.} 1. Hidden in thesleeve of one’s shirt or coat and ready for secret or wrongful use.

The crooked gambler hid aces up his sleeve during the card game sothat he would win.

2. {informal} Kept secretly ready for the righttime or for a time when needed.

Jimmy knew that his father had sometrick up his sleeve because he was smiling to himself during thechecker game.

Compare: CARD UP ONE’S SLEEVE. 3. See: LAUGH UP ONE’SSLEEVE.


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