› to beat another person or organization by doing or producing something even better: The French share offer trumps the offer from the American company. Their bid to take over the company was trumped by a US private equity firm.
› if something trumps something else, it is considered to be more important: Financial pressures trumped HR concerns and led to the dismissal of 200 staff.
come up/turn up trumps › to produce a good result, especially when this is not expected: They finally came up trumps with a new product line and some healthy profits. The bank came up trumps and he got his loan.