keep (one's) cards close to (one's) chest

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keep (one's) cards close to (one's) chest

To keep one's plans, intentions, or information secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's chest in a game, so as not to allow other players to see one's hand. We're all curious about what the boss has been discussing in those meetings with the lawyers, but she's been keeping her cards close to her chest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm keeping my cards close to my chest for the time being.
See also: card, chest, close, keep

keep (or play) your cards close to your chest (or vest)

be extremely secretive and cautious about something. informal
The previous two idioms both refer to a hand of cards in a card game. If you hold all the cards you have a winning hand, while card players who hold their cards close to their bodies ensure that no opponent can look at them.
See also: card, chest, close, keep

keep/hold/play your cards ˌclose to your ˈchest

not tell others what you are intending to do: He keeps his cards pretty close to his chest. I don’t know whether he plans to buy the house or not. OPPOSITE: show/reveal your hand
See also: card, chest, close, hold, keep, play
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com LAHORE Two days after TV channels flashed the news that former premier Nawaz Sharif had named Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as the party's nominee for the office of prime minister in 2018 general elections, the elder Sharif is said to be reluctant to publicly nominate his younger brother for the coveted office as he wants to keep his cards close to his chest till the last minute, it emerged on Saturday.
LAHORE: Former premier Nawaz Sharif is said to be reluctant to publicly nominate his younger brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the office of prime minister in 2018 general elections as he wants to keep his cards close to his chest till the last minute, reported a leading English daily.
KCR's decision to keep his cards close to his chest is being seen in the context of the recent round of war of words between him and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah over the issue of Central funds to Telangana.
Sidhu continues to keep his cards close to his chest, and has left the Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) high and dry by parrying questions on his plans to join AAP .
However, he tried to keep his cards close to his chest.
He now likes to keep his cards close to his chest, although the media have tried to link him to numerous women.
London, Apr 29 ( ANI ): Tiger Woods, who cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren, is said to keep his cards close to his chest on a charity poker night.
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Pardew will keep his cards close to his chest in terms of team selection.