What Does Ace It Mean?

Ace It Meaning

Definition: To do something very successfully.

Origin of Ace It

Originally, the verb ace was a way to say that someone had scored a point in a sport like tennis or golf.

In the 1900s, this expression became popular slang, as a way to describe a student’s high grades. From there, people began using this expression to describe anything that a person did very well.

Examples of Ace It

ace the examThis example shows two women discussing a new project they have been working on.

Bella: I’m so glad that we’re almost finished preparing everything for this project.

Hannah: Me too. I think we have everything we need, except for a few citations.

Bella: We’ll definitely be ready to present this to the board tomorrow morning.

Hannah: Are you nervous?

Bella: Not at all! I’m sure we’re going to ace it. We have all the information they could possibly need, and the project looks great!

Hannah: Yeah, I agree.

ace that testThe following example shows two college students talking about a cake baking competition they entered.

Hanh: Okay, I guess all we have left to do is wait and see what the judges decide.

Zhongyi: I know that there were a lot of good cakes that other people baked. I tried some of the chocolate and strawberry cakes, and they were delicious.

Hanh: Yeah, I sampled some of the cheesecake. It was amazing. However, it is my personal opinion that we have the best cake of all. I am pretty sure we aced it!

Zhongyi: I think so too. What should we spend our prize money on?

Hanh: Let’s wait to find out if the judges think we aced it before we make any decisions about that.

More Examples

The excerpt below is a man who did a very good job honoring an athlete who also helps others.

  • Gotta hand it to Bill Simmons, because he aced it with this tribute to Serena Williams in a segment on his new HBO show Any Given Wednesday. –USA Today

The second example is about a student who got very good grades in his math class but will not be allowed to learn at his accelerated rate.

  • At Thomas Starr King Middle School, meanwhile, parent Jody Podolsky has stumbled upon a kink in the Common Core rollout that may penalize students on accelerated tracks. Her son was in a gifted math program last year and got an A, but when he showed up for seventh grade this year, he was given the same textbook as last year, as if he had flunked the course rather than aced it. –LA Times


The phrase ace it describes accomplishing something with flying colors.