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show (one's) hand

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret. (Also expressed as "show (one's) cards"; both phrases refer to displaying one's cards ("hand") during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't show your hand right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the government is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to show his hand regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
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show one's hand

Fig. to reveal one's intentions to someone. (From card games.) I don't know whether Jim is intending to marry Jane or not. He's not one to show his hand. If you want to get a raise, don't show the boss your hand too soon.
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show your hand

If you show your hand, you let other people see what your position is and what you intend to do. On domestic politics he seemed unwilling to show his hand too clearly. It may be no accident that Manchester United have shown their hand in their attempt to lure David Hirst to Old Trafford. Note: You can replace show with reveal. The Portugal coach has yet to reveal his hand on how many changes he will be making to the team. Note: If you show your hand in a card game, you reveal your cards to another player.
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show your hand (or cards)

disclose your plans.
The image here is of players revealing their cards in a card game.
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show/reveal your ˈhand

(British English) (American English tip your ˈhand) do something which reveals your intentions, plans, etc: The problem is that we can’t say anything to the management without showing our hand, and we wanted to be able to take them by surprise.In court a good lawyer never reveals his hand too soon. OPPOSITE: keep/hold/play your cards close to your chest
These expressions refer to showing your cards (= your hand) in card playing.
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show (one's) hand

1. Games To display one's cards with faces up.
2. To state one's intentions or reveal one's resources, especially when previously hidden.
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References in classic literature ?
Well, the fact is,' said Hans, 'that I was obliged to.
Well, really, that is generous of you,' said little Hans, and his funny round face glowed all over with pleasure.
Certainly,' cried little Hans, and he ran into the shed and dragged the plank out.
said little Hans, rather sorrowfully, for it was really a very big basket, and he knew that if he filled it he would have no flowers left for the market and he was very anxious to get his silver buttons back.
My dear friend, my best friend,' cried little Hans, 'you are welcome to all the flowers in my garden.
Good-bye, little Hans,' said the Miller, as he went up the hill with the plank on his shoulder, and the big basket in his hand.
Good-bye,' said little Hans, and he began to dig away quite merrily, he was so pleased about the wheelbarrow.
Hans staggered back against the wall, where he leaned, his face working, in his throat the deep and continuous rumble that died away with the seconds and at last ceased.
Don't leave me, Hans, with - " her eyes swept the room - "with this.
Hans refused to go near Dennin, and Edith was forced to conduct this portion of the investigation by herself.
Leave him alone," Hans commanded harshly, in a strange voice.
They turned and faced him, Hans still holding the shot-gun.
At one o'clock, looking toward the cabin, Hans announced that he was hungry.
At two o'clock Hans volunteered to go with her; but she held him to his work, and four o'clock found the two graves completed.
Further, he had no thousand dollars; nor had Hans or Pete.