show (one's) cards

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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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We need to come to the table and show our cards and let people know which way this is going to happen,'' Councilman Bob Kellar said.
We really don't want to show our cards just yet,'' said Handy, who added that authorities have some leads.