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Mar 28, 2014
This week's theme
Words derived from card games

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euchre
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house of cards
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trump card

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trump card

PRONUNCIATION:
(trump kard)

MEANING:
noun:1. In card games, a suit chosen to rank above the others.
 2. Something that gives an overriding, decisive advantage.

ETYMOLOGY:
An alteration of the word triumph, which was the name of an old card game. Earliest documented use: 1823.

USAGE:
"How big a factor might home advantage be for Kilkenny? Potentially, it could be their trump card."
Vincent Hogan; Kilkenny v Tipperary; Irish Independent (Dublin); Jul 2, 2013.

See more usage examples of trump card in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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