ace


ace
ace1 [eıs] n
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1¦(playing card)¦
2¦(skilful person)¦
3¦(tennis shot)¦
4 hold the aces
5 within an ace of (doing) something
6 have an ace up your sleeve
7 ace in the hole
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: as, from Latin, 'unit, a small coin']
1.) ¦(PLAYING CARD)¦
a playing card with a single spot on it, which usually has the highest value in a game
the ace of hearts
I've got a pair of aces.
2.) ¦(SKILFUL PERSON)¦
someone who is extremely skilful at doing something
a soccer ace
cycling ace Chris Boardman
3.) ¦(TENNIS SHOT)¦
a first shot in tennis or ↑volleyball which is hit so well that your opponent cannot reach the ball and you win the point
She has already hit 13 aces in the match.
4.) hold the aces
to have the advantages in a situation so that you are sure to win
The Americans hold most of the aces in this technology.
5.) within an ace of (doing) sth
very close to doing or achieving something
The team came within an ace of winning the championship.
6.) have an ace up your sleeve
to have a secret advantage which could help you to win or be successful
7.) ace in the hole
AmE informal something that you keep secretly to use when you need it
That fifty dollars is my ace in the hole.
ace 2
ace2 adj
1.) ace pilot/player/skier etc
someone who is a very skilful pilot, player etc
an ace marksman
2.) BrE spoken very good
The party was ace.
ace 3
ace3 v [T]
1.) AmE informal to do very well in an examination, a piece of written work etc
I think I aced the History test.
2.) to hit your first shot in tennis or ↑volleyball so well that your opponent cannot reach the ball

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