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give the game away

To reveal something that was meant to be kept secret, especially a plan. You're going to give the game away if you don't quit whispering about it! They were trying to sneak up on the other team, but John's bright T-shirt gave 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.
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give the game away

COMMON If someone or something gives the game away, they reveal something which someone had been trying to keep secret. West had intended to make his announcement in an article in The Times but the paper gave the game away by advertising the article a week before publishing. She looks every inch a Beverly Hills native as she leans against a palm tree. Only the English accent gives the game away.
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give the game (or show) away

inadvertently reveal something secret or concealed.
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give the ˈgame away

(informal) (accidentally) reveal your own or another person’s secret plan, trick, etc. and so spoil it: Don’t laugh when he comes in or you’ll give the game away. The birthday present’s got to be a surprise.He can’t keep a secret, so never tell him anything important in case he gives the game away. OPPOSITE: keep somebody guessing
See also: away, game, give
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But after that, Muir committed three turnovers to give the game away.
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