trump1 / trəmp/ • n. (in bridge, whist, and similar card games) a playing card of the suit chosen to rank above the others, which can win a trick where a card of a different suit has been led. ∎ (trumps) the suit having this rank in a particular hand: the ace of trumps. ∎ (in a tarot pack) any of a special suit of 22 cards depicting symbolic and typical figures and scenes. ∎ (also trump card) fig. a valuable resource that may be used, esp. as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage: in this month General Haig decided to play his trump card: the tank. ∎ inf., dated a helpful or admirable person.• v. [tr.] (in bridge, whist, and similar card games) play a trump on (a card of another suit), having no cards of the suit led. ∎ fig. beat (someone or something) by saying or doing something better: if the fetus is human life, that trumps any argument about the freedom of the mother.PHRASAL VERBS: trump something up invent a false accusation or excuse: they've trumped up charges against her.trump2 • n. archaic a trumpet or a trumpet blast.
come (or turn) up trumps (of a person or situation) have a better performance or outcome than expected.
trump something up invent a false accusation or excuse.
Hence trump vb. put a trump on (a trick); †get in the way XVI; †bring up or forward XVII; get up unscrupulously.