card

(redirected from held all the cards)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
References in periodicals archive ?
Trump held all the cards in the afternoon session, putting himself just four frames for victory as they went into the interval, with O'Sullivan needing eight of the remaining 11 to be played.
China held all the cards - as well as the plane and all its crew.
"I am grateful to the Americans for allowing Kasey to delay his departure on these two occasions, because they held all the cards under World Cup regulations."