trump


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, n. [OE. trumpe, trompe, F. trompe; probably fr.
   L. triumphare to triumph, to exult, hence, probably, to make
   a joyous sound or noise. See Triumph, v. i. & n., and cf.
   Trombone, Tromp, Trump at cards, Trumpery, Trumpet,
   Trunk a proboscis.]
   A wind instrument of music; a trumpet, or sound of a trumpet;
   -- used chiefly in Scripture and poetry.
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         We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling
         of an eye, at the last trump.            --1 Cor. xv.
                                                  51, 52.
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         The wakeful trump of doom.               --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trumped; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Trumping.]
   To play a trump card when one of another suit has been led.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, v. t.
   To play a trump card upon; to take with a trump card; as, she
   trumped the first trick.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, v. t. [F. tromper to deceive, in OF., to blow a
   trumpet, se tromper de to mock. See Trump a trumpet.]
   1. To trick, or impose on; to deceive. [Obs.] "To trick or
      trump mankind." --B. Jonson.
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   2. To impose unfairly; to palm off.
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            Authors have been trumped upon us.    --C. Leslie.
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   To trump up, to devise; to collect with unfairness; to
      fabricate; as, to trump up a charge.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, v. i. [Cf. OF. tromper. See Trump a trumpet.]
   To blow a trumpet. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Matt. vi. 2).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, n. [A corruption of triumph, F. triomphe. See
   Triumph, and cf. Trump a trumpet.]
   1. A winning card; one of a particular suit (usually
      determined by chance for each deal) any card of which
      takes any card of the other suits.
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   2. An old game with cards, nearly the same as whist; --
      called also ruff. --Decker.
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   3. A good fellow; an excellent person. [Slang]
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            Alfred is a trump, I think you say.   --Thackeray.
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   To put to one's trumps, or To put on one's trumps, to
      force to the last expedient, or to the utmost exertion.
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            But when kings come so low as to fawn upon
            philosophy, which before they neither valued nor
            understood, it is a sign that fails not, they are
            then put to their last trump.         --Milton.
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            Put the housekeeper to her trumps to accommodate
            them.                                 --W. Irving.
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