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British pronunciation/kˈʌm ˌʌp tɹˈʌmps/
American pronunciation/kˈʌm ˌʌp tɹˈʌmps/
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to achieve success or victory in a situation where it was not expected

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What is the origin of the idiom "come up trump" and when to use it?

The idiom "come up trumps" means to succeed or to do something well. The phrase is believed to have originated in the 19th century, and it is thought to be derived from the game of cards. In the game of cards, the trump card is the highest card in the deck, and it can be used to win any hand. The idiom is commonly used in situations where someone has achieved success unexpectedly or in a decisive manner.

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