To put to one's trumps, or To put on one's trumps, to force to the last expedient, or to the utmost exertion.

But when kings come so low as to fawn upon philosophy, which before they neither valued nor understood, it is a sign that fails not, they are then put to their last trump.

Put the housekeeper to her trumps to accommodate them.
W. Irving.

(Trump), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trumped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trumping.] To play a trump card when one of another suit has been led.

(Trump), v. t. To play a trump card upon; to take with a trump card; as, she trumped the first trick.

(Trump), v. t. [F. tromper to deceive, in OF., to blow a trumpet, se tromper de to mock. See Trump a trumpet.]

1. To trick, or impose on; to deceive. [Obs.] "To trick or trump mankind." B. Jonson.

2. To impose unfairly; to palm off.

Authors have been trumped upon us.
C. Leslie.

To trump up, to devise; to collect with unfairness; to fabricate; as, to trump up a charge.

(Trump"er*y) n. [F. tromperie deceit, fr. tromper to deceive. See Trump to trick.]

1. Deceit; fraud. [Obs.] Grenewey.

2. Something serving to deceive by false show or pretense; falsehood; deceit; worthless but showy matter; hence, things worn out and of no value; rubbish.

The trumpery in my house, go bring it hither,
for state to catch these thieves.

Upon the coming of Christ, very much, though not all, of this idolatrous trumpery and superstition was driven out of the world.

(Trump"er*y), a. Worthless or deceptive in character. "A trumpery little ring." Thackeray.

(Trump"et) n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See Trump a trumpet.]

1. (Mus.) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved (once or twice) into a convenient shape, and ending in a bell. Its scale in the lower octaves is limited to the first natural harmonics; but there are modern trumpets capable, by means of valves or pistons, of producing every tone within their compass, although at the expense of the true ringing quality of tone.

The trumpet's loud clangor
Excites us to arms.

2. (Mil.) A trumpeter. Clarendon.

3. A good fellow; an excellent person. [Slang]

Alfred is a trump, I think you say.

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