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I heard the phrase "ace in the hole" in a podcast; it is a weapon for which there is no defense.

Could somebody suggest alternative idiomatic phrases for "ace in the hole", which have the same ring/wittiness (for the lack of a better word), which native English speakers use in everyday conversations.

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When the debate got heated, John used his ace in the hole against Jane, that Jane was in jail for fraud, and has no credibility.

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One might use:

John used his sure advantage/advantage against Jane

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