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show (one's) cards

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those previously hidden or kept secret. (A variant of "show one's hand"; both phrases refer to displaying the cards one has in one's hand during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't show your cards right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the IRS is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to show his cards regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: card, show
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The reason they offer such a large price for a low total is that referee Andrew Dallas has tended to show cards more often than most of his Premiership colleagues.
As well as 13 collections, it also features eyewear accessories and point of sale materials such as stands, posters and show cards.
App Switcher that shows card stack of apps can cause sluggish performance or show cards at random.
There are two parts of the exhibition -- one comprising historical material such as film stills, lobby cards, show cards and song books and the other comprising of works by nine artists," says Rahab Allana, who has curated the historical section Filmi Jagat: Shared Universe of Indian Cinema'.
6 M Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear): Got major calls right but too willing to show cards in first half.
All the publishers sent in publicity materials for their authors, including show cards.
special show cards are used to ensure that someone in the same room as the respondent at the time of the interview cannot know how they have answered.
There is an exuberance of the players going towards the referee and inviting him to show cards.
I agree that at this World Cup there has been an exuberance of players going towards the referee inviting him to show cards.
To give you an example, original cardboard toy show cards advertising Hornby 0 gauge trains, that would have been given to dealers to put in their windows and perhaps measure one foot by one foot, regularly sell for up to pounds 1,000.
Bobby Duffy provides a valuable service to the research industry by describing how the layout of show cards can affect opinion survey results.
0, however, will not allow you to have two or more windows open that show cards from the same stack.
This product allows our customers to provide new and innovative applications which leverage millions of magnetic stripes on student IDs, drivers licenses, medical insurance, payment, loyalty, and trade show cards.
The Football League along with the Premier League and Football Association have asked referees to show cards to players who abuse them or try to intimidate them.