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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In most of these buses, the City Hall has already introduced the rule to board them only from the front door where passengers must show their cards to driver or purchase a ticket at the time of getting on the bus.
Shopkeepers on the east side of Swansea are being urged to ask young people to show their cards before selling them age-restricted goods such as alcohol, cigarettes or solvents in the latest initiative as part of the scheme.
PostCard members simply show their cards at a variety of local and national merchants and get instant discounts and special offers.
People can enter lots and park there if they show their cards,'' said Hall, who added the policy was instituted for Wednesday's game against Houston.
Additionally, ABR is in the process of creating a Retail Discount Program in which Certified/Premium/Premier Purchasers show their cards and receive a percentage off what they buy in stores, hotels and restaurants.