This word seems to be everywhere these days. Let’s have a look at some of its meanings.
In some games, a playing card from the suit that has been chosen to have a higher value, to rank above the others in a particular hand.
Hearts are trumps.
The ace of trumps.
A trump card
A valuable resource which is used in order to gain an advantage, especially when done the last minute or as a surprise.
The President decided to play his trump card: the budget.
Come up trumps / turn up trumps
To provide what is needed, especially unexpectedly and at the last moment.
Tom came up trumps and managed to get some food.
(informal) To have a better performance or outcome than expected.
Sarah came up trumps again, finishing fourth in the race.
To surpass something by saying or doing something better.
They claim the product trumps the competition in terms of taste.
It is believed that the security of the country trumps the rights of individuals.
Trump something up
To use false information to make someone seem guilty of a crime, to invent a false accusation.
Some of his mates had trumped the whole thing up to get rid of him.
I think the charges have been trumped up.
(informal) to break wind audibly
Someone trumped loudly for ten seconds while we were in the lift.
(old) A trumpet