play cards close to chest

(redirected from play their cards close to their chests)

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

To keep one's plans, intentions, or tactics secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's chest in a card 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 playing her cards close to her chest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm playing my cards close to my chest for the time being.
See also: card, chest, close, play

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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There is a third name still under consideration as Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner continue to play their cards close to their chests.
This match is probably best left alone, though, as both teams will be confident of progressing from the round-robin phase irrespective of the result of this match and may play their cards close to their chests.
While the Hilton group do their best to appear unruffled and the contractors and developers play their cards close to their chests the rumour mill is grinding away.
TRADE union negotiators play their cards close to their chests - never more so than when dealing with the press.
Connections continue to play their cards close to their chests, but many expect his Ad Hoc and Kingsmark to be given the go-ahead, with Timmy Murphy on standby for the former and David Dennis aboard Kingsmark, on whom he won the Edward Hanmer Memorial Chase.