come up trumps
Meaning: If you come up trumps, you succeed in something that you may not have been expected to succeed in.
- Nicole came up trumps, winning her match despite her injured knee.
- John's dad was sure his son would came up trumps, and he did.
Origin: From card games in which a card of the suit that is designated "trumps" is of greater value than a card of another suit, so a player with many trumps in his hand has a good chance of winning.
Variety: This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
After weeks of campaigning for votes, Salima came up trumps and