In spades

In spades is an idiom that was coined in the United States. We will examine the meaning of the idiom in spades, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

In spades means an abundance, having more than an enough, a large quantity, or to a large degree. The idiom in spades is a reference to the suit in a deck of cards. A modern deck of cards is comprised of four suits: spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs. Spades is the highest ranking suit in the game of bridge, a popular card game in the 1920s. The expression in spades to mean abundance came into use in the United States during this time, along with many other idioms.


McElhenney’s trademark caustic humour is there in spades – jokes about suicide and Nazis flirt with the boundaries of good taste – but this time, the characters actually grow as humans. (The Independent)

“I won’t forget that in a hurry because I repay loyalty in spades.” (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Khan recommends incorporating adaptogens like ashwagandha into your diet to take down levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which many of us produce in spades. (Vogue Magazine)

“What we have in spades is the true passion and love for the products,” Powell said. (The Bend Bulletin)

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