To bate an ace
Ace Ace ([=a]s), n.; pl. {Aces} ([=a]"s[e^]z). [OE. as, F. as, fr. L. as, assis, unity, copper coin, the unit of coinage. Cf. {As}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A unit; a single point or spot on a card or die; the card or die so marked; as, the ace of diamonds. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: A very small quantity or degree; a particle; an atom; a jot. [1913 Webster]

I 'll not wag an ace further. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Sport) A single point won by a stroke, as in handball, rackets, etc.; in tennis, frequently, a point won by a service stroke. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To bate an ace}, to make the least abatement. [Obs.]

{Within an ace of}, very near; on the point of. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]


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