give the game away


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give the game away

Fig. to reveal a plan or strategy. Now, all of you have to keep quiet. Please don't give the game away. If you keep giving out hints, you'll give the game away.
See also: away, game, give

give the game away

to spoil a surprise or a joke by letting someone know something that should have been kept secret We were trying to pretend we didn't know it was her birthday but Sam gave the game away.
See also: away, game, give
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Well if one said she was once part of a very, ahem, successful pop group called Six, then want might give the game away.
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But the most unbelievable aspect of their victory wasn't what they did to give the game away - it's what they did to win it.
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And the ring on her finger seemed to give the game away as the couple stepped out at a show in the Big Apple.
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I'm not going to give the game away now, so you'll just have to wait.
Many of the buildings remain the same, but that glass tower and CCTV camera give the game away.
Even if you get the dates right there's a risk your baby's blood group might not be the same as yours or your husband's, which would give the game away.