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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Provincial Minister also urged on the administration of the educational institutions to allow the entrance of students after showing their cards in the premises of the institutions and directed to ban the entrance of private vehicles including without relevant stickers in the premises of the educational institutions.
Participants are asked to solve a problem without selecting a formal leader or showing their cards to other players.