- One recent day, search crews found an ace of diamonds playing card, a doorknob, a pair of security guard pants, a woman's black wig and a pink toothbrush.
- You look at the cards one at a time, and pile them face up on the ace of the same suit.
- He picked up his cards, finding the ace of diamonds he tossed it on the pile.
- He dropped in a 104-yard sand-wedge shot on the fourth hole for his second ace in less than an hour.
- He provided the highlight on Saturday with an ace at the par three 2nd hole, his second ace in five weeks!
- Not to be outdone, her brother, Sean, 14, made his own ace on the same hole during tournament play later that week.
- The motorcycle ace won a world title on the all-powerful Honda last year and then celebrated victory by signing for the all-powerless Yamaha.
- The Chorley ace starred alongside Olympic record holder Chris Hoy and Craig MacLean as the British team left Poland trailing by more than a second in the sprint final.
- Lane however had their own batting aces and the Park bowlers struggled as S Hargreaves made 69 and Oliver Halliday 53.
- The Tomahawk was also enjoying success in aerial combat and several British and Commonwealth pilots became aces while flying the aircraft.
- Walsh was undoubtedly a hero but his experiences were also typical of many other USMC and Navy Corsair pilots - aces or not.
- Added to this, Mint wanted to bring together Corsair pilots, aces, crewmen, and factory workers for a celebration of one of the world's most famous combat aircraft.
- She got the match off to a lightning start, opening with a love service game including two aces.
- He finished three of his first four service games with an ace.
- He broke his opponent's opening service game easily, and then held serve with three aces to win seven out of eight of the first points played.
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- People have these fantasies that we live in a world where mum and dad are both ace parents and have wonderful relationships with their children and with each other.
- The show's got everything - ace gags, brilliant direction and those boys can ad-lib like the pros they are.
- A peek into the world of an ace swimmer who had everything going for him until calamity came calling one day, it is the kind of brave cinema that has been making its presence felt in recent times.
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- The balance and agility you gain will have you leaping above your opponents at beach-volleyball matches, acing your game on the tennis court and more.
- He got the message, gave Gracie and me a salute, and ran back to his game, serving the ball and acing it.
- Whether you're among the millions of players who have recently taken up tennis or a seasoned player, one of these new shoes might just help you ace your game.
- Last Christmas Eve, father and son played Big Canyon in Newport Beach, Calif., and Tiger aced the third hole.
- He was the fourth member of his family to ace the same hole - No.9 at Squaw Creek Country Club in Vienna, Ohio.
- The 34-year-old former paratrooper aced the 16th hole and then birdied the last for a final round 68 and a two-stroke 14-under winning total.
- Expecting to ace a test you didn't study for isn't optimism-it's dreaming!
- You know the information inside and out, and feel ready to ace this test!
- Any studious teen can memorize the driver's ed guidebook to ace the written exam.
- Trivia buffs, fantasy leaguers and statistical fanatics will all love this book as will columnists, talk show hosts and know-it-alls looking to ace someone out of a beer or two on a proposition wager.
- How can your competitor get away with not adding that tax and ace you out of yet another job?
- I felt cheated when the Geologists and Petroleum Engineers aced us out of the new Cecil Green building.
An ace was originally the side of a dice marked with one spot. The word comes from Latin as, meaning ‘unit’. Since an ace is the card with the highest value in many card games, the word often suggests excellence. This gave us the ace as a wartime fighter pilot who brought down many enemy aircraft, extended to anyone who excels at something. An ace up your sleeve (or in American English an ace in the hole) is a secret resource ready to use when you need it. A cheating card player might well hide an ace up their sleeve to use at an opportune moment. To hold all the aces is to have all the advantages, from a winning hand in a card game. To be within an ace of doing something is to be on the verge of doing it. This is from the ace as one and thus a tiny amount.
an ace up one's sleeve (or in the hole)
- A plan or piece of information kept secret until it becomes necessary to use it.Example sentences
- Also tomorrow, we have another ace up our sleeve.
- No sane person wants to get into a ‘knife fight,’ but it's comforting to have an ace up your sleeve if trouble finds you.
- That's why you may need an ace up your sleeve for these lavish projects: the European-style kitchen system.
hold all the aces
- Have all the advantages.Example sentences
- The Newmarket duo will be represented by No Excuse Needed, who holds all the aces in the £80,000 Celebration Mile.
- So why should a nation of five million be ashamed of the fact that it holds all the aces in running a country of 60 million?
- It's there to make sure that the US is holding all the aces.
play one's ace
- Use one’s best resource: deciding to play her ace, Emily showed the letter to VicMore example sentences
- And when men have triumphed in their arguments with women, the women play their ace: they say, as Molly Bloom did, ‘Yes.’
- But just when it could all fall over at the last hurdle, he plays his ace.
- When I played my ace - enlisting his family to twist his arm - he only grew more obstinate.
within an ace of
- Very close to: they came within an ace of deathMore example sentences
- Even though Guthrie admits that Britain came within an ace of calling up its reservists, which would have seen 14,000 part-time soldiers of the Territorial Army in the colours, it was a move too far for Britain's European partners.
- Tony Robinson traces the course of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, one of the most significant moments in British history, showing how newly empowered peasants came within an ace of toppling the monarchy.
- Scottish amateur bosses and senior Sports Scotland executives came within an ace of appointing Scotland's first ever female amateur boxing supremo.