show (one's) hand

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show (one's) hand

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret. (Also expressed as "show (one's) cards"; both phrases refer to displaying one's cards ("hand") during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't show your hand right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the government is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to show his hand regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
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show one's hand

Fig. to reveal one's intentions to someone. (From card games.) I don't know whether Jim is intending to marry Jane or not. He's not one to show his hand. If you want to get a raise, don't show the boss your hand too soon.
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show your hand

If you show your hand, you let other people see what your position is and what you intend to do. On domestic politics he seemed unwilling to show his hand too clearly. It may be no accident that Manchester United have shown their hand in their attempt to lure David Hirst to Old Trafford. Note: You can replace show with reveal. The Portugal coach has yet to reveal his hand on how many changes he will be making to the team. Note: If you show your hand in a card game, you reveal your cards to another player.
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show your hand (or cards)

disclose your plans.
The image here is of players revealing their cards in a card game.
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show/reveal your ˈhand

(British English) (American English tip your ˈhand) do something which reveals your intentions, plans, etc: The problem is that we can’t say anything to the management without showing our hand, and we wanted to be able to take them by surprise.In court a good lawyer never reveals his hand too soon. OPPOSITE: keep/hold/play your cards close to your chest
These expressions refer to showing your cards (= your hand) in card playing.
See also: hand, reveal, show

show (one's) hand

1. Games To display one's cards with faces up.
2. To state one's intentions or reveal one's resources, especially when previously hidden.
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TYRONE trainer Fergal McCann says the Red Hands aren't afraid to show their hand and have built up a winning culture on route to a possible first League title in 10 years.
And a pal of the player said: "The German clubs are the first to show their hand and the move is of great interest to Jose at this stage of his career.
Her killers had to step out into the open, show their hand, reveal their injustice and cruelty.
COLIN HEALY'S legal representative Mel Stein has urged clubs wanting to sign the Celtic midfielder to show their hand.
I mean, if they're like me, they're not going to show their hand for a while.
They don't have to show their hand at the preliminary hearing,'' Cacheris said.
The man instructs the players to show their hand and reveals that the unbeatable pair can only be found in the Club Chalupa, that is clearly the "King of Clubs.