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accidentally on purpose

adjective

  • seemingly accidental but with a secret motive.
    Sam has been giving me the brush-off for the past few days. So, I just bumped into him today accidentally on purpose to get his attention but he walked off.

    Last edited on Jan 03 2014. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 02 2009.

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ace in the hole

expression

  • Refers to an Ace card which was dealt face down and is being held by a player in hopes s/he will win the hand when they play their Ace card.

    Last edited on Dec 02 2011. Submitted by Anonymous on Dec 02 2011.

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ace up (one's) sleeve

  • a secret advantage.
    John is not usually the kind of guy who always helps others. The other day when he all of a sudden agreed to drop me home, I figured that he has an ace up his sleeve.

    Last edited on Jan 03 2014. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 02 2009.

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add insult to injury

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afterglow

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after (one's) own heart

  • a person who has the same ideas, beliefs, or behavior as one's self.

    Last edited on Sep 02 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 02 2009.

  • This is not slang, however, but classic English. It comes from the King James Bible's (1611) description of King David in 1 Samuel 13:14: "the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart." (See also Acts 13:22.)

    Last edited on Jul 08 2014. Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 08 2014.

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air (one's) dirty laundry

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