Could someone explain to me the meaning of this phrase in English language?

This, of course, applies in spades to a complete Pattern Language

I especially refer to that applies in spades thing. Of course, I understand what each word means separately, but I do not understand what all that together means.

I found that sentence here.

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    See the definition of in spades - it means it applies to a large amount – SteveES Apr 12 '17 at 10:28
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    I feel shame because I used the same dictionary but did not think to search for that expression. Thank you very much – Billal Begueradj Apr 12 '17 at 10:36
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    No shame, but congratulations! You have learned something important about dictionaries, which will serve you in future learning. – StoneyB Apr 12 '17 at 10:54

The phrase "in spades" comes from bridge, where spades are the highest-ranking suit. So the real sense of the phrase is that if something applies "in spades" it is manifestly superior to a rival, even if the rival might resemble it in many ways.

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