play cards close to chest

(redirected from play his cards close to his chest)

play one's cards close to one's chest

 and play one's cards close to one's vest; keep one's cards close to one's chest; keep one's cards close to one's vest
Fig. to keep to oneself or be very cautious in one's dealing with people. (As if one were playing cards and not permitting anyone to see any of the cards.) He is very cautious. He plays his cards close to his chest. You seem to be playing your cards close to your vest.
See also: card, chest, close, play
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McLeish is continuing to play his cards close to his chest over the identity of the midfield options he has been pursuing, but has made a creative playmaker his priority.
Capello likes to play his cards close to his chest and rarely reveals all about any particular subject.
Blake continues to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to revealing the identity of the player he continues to track as he doesn't want to jeopardise any possible deal.
The Mourne boss likes to play his cards close to his chest and loves the underdogs tag even more, stressing: "We have achieved nothing - look at all Tyrone have achieved.
McCarthy yesterday continued to play his cards close to his chest in regard to Stead, although he will have taken a close interest in news that a seven-figure sum had been offered by Blackburn for the 20-year-old.
Love life: Likes to play his cards close to his chest.
Young Damian must play his cards close to his chest to guard himself against gold-diggers.
A number of possibilities have been discussed at boardroom level but Moyes - who last week suggested that he might not make any additions to his squad - will continue to play his cards close to his chest.
Sanchez will play his cards close to his chest, but Davis will find himself hounding and harrying Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard at Old Trafford in just over six weeks time.
Love life: Has been linked to numerous women, including Granada press officer Melissa Hall-Smith, actress Alison King and singer Gaynor Morgan, but likes to play his cards close to his chest.