play cards

play (one's) cards

Informal
To use the resources or strategies at one's disposal: played her cards right and got promoted.
See also: card, play
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I was glad that, catching sight of the clock at the Army and Navy Stores, he remembered an engagement to play cards at his club, and so left me to cut across St.
Thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes sit down to a quiet game for love.
Somerton, was a fast, sporting young chap, and the other young officers would meet in his rooms of an evening and play cards.
These prison-chaps had done little else than play cards ever since they had been at the Andamans, and they knew each other's game to a point, while the others just played to pass the time and threw their cards down anyhow.
Very likely he had spoken to him privately, and had threatened to expose him unless he voluntarily resigned his membership of the club, and promised not to play cards again.
Although elderly ladies play cards very little, just now, in American society, or, indeed, in any other, they have their inducements for rendering the well- known office of matron at a ball, a mere sinecure.
You can go right on from that, living on me to the tune of forty or fifty thousand, besides what your mother will give you, with a valet and a yacht or a fancy-ranch where you can pretend to raise trotting stock and play cards with your own crowd.
I'll just tell my story, as I promised, and then we'll play cards.
Why, look'e, young gentleman,' said Toby, 'when a man keeps himself so very ex-clusive as I have done, and by that means has a snug house over his head with nobody a prying and smelling about it, it's rather a startling thing to have the honour of a wisit from a young gentleman (however respectable and pleasant a person he may be to play cards with at conweniency) circumstanced as you are.
Reggie Love revealed in a chat that Obama told him he could not 'watch this entire thing' play out so decided to play cards during the tense wait in May 2011.
Perhaps the police did their duty but we should always evaluate situations and see how to proceed," Diakantoni said adding that these women play cards to "keep their mind sharp and have a nice time".
In addition to inspiring families to play cards, Bicycle[R] Playing Cards is offering a new online card playing instruction, part of the Bicycle[R] What's Your Game?
There has also been an added incentive, with pupils paying 10p a go to play cards or dominoes as part of their lunchtime club.
For people thinking of learning to play cards, Rise and Fly is a great book to have.
Fessenden no longer plays golf, but she still goes to the country club every Tuesday to play cards.