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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.
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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.
But when you look at the show cards at the end of the day, you see that the horses have done a lot of shows, more than you think.
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.
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.
We have posters, show cards and mailers to help promote the range within practices," said optometrist James Sutton, who runs the company with Michelle Sutton, a pharmacist.
One consignor said they had used up more than 70 show cards on Sunday alone, while David Powell, of Catridge Farm Stud, was another to notice an increased level of interest, saying: "We've been busy right the way through, certainly more so than we were last year.
Film posters, photographs, show cards ( those displayed in the cinema hall lobbies) and other filmrelated material are a big hit in the West.
He deals with it well because he has good discipline and doesn't retaliate but there were occasions when the referee didn't show cards when he should have following fouls on Damien.