tip (one's) hand

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tip (one's) hand

To reveal one's intentions, plans, secrets, or resources. An allusion to letting someone else see the cards one is currently holding (one's "hand"). The foreign leader has definitely tipped his hand when it comes to his country's position in the negotiations. Remember not to tip your hand when you go into the meeting.
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tip one's hand

to reveal what one is going to do; to reveal one's secrets. (From card playing.) I didn't tip my hand at all. I left them guessing. They tried to get me to tip my hand.
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tip one's hand

Accidentally reveal one's intentions, as in He avoided any comments on birthdays for fear of tipping his hand about the surprise party . This idiom probably alludes to holding one's hand in such a way that others can see the cards one is holding. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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tip your hand (or mitt)

reveal your intentions inadvertently. US informal
This expression is the opposite of keep your cards close to your chest (see card).
1966 Martin Woodhouse Tree Frog We couldn't very well oppose it without tipping our hand.
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tip (one's) hand

To reveal one's resources or intentions.
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Law360 has quoted Akin Gump international trade partner Stephen Kho in the article Trump May Be Tipping His Hand In Security Trade Probes, which reports that President Trump may be exposing his administration to unforeseen legal challenges at the World Trade Organization by boasting about new trade enforcement actions.
Abbott 'major announcement' coming Sunday (San Antonio Express-News): "Attorney General Greg Abbott is tipping his hand ever so much more slightly about his San Antonio appearance Sunday, with his campaign re-branding it from a meet-and-greet to a 'major announcement.
GAZA CITY: The Islamist movement Hamas will hand its response on Sunday to Egyptians mediating a Palestinian unity deal, a spokesman said on Saturday without tipping his hand on what it would say.
This might be done by tipping his hand a bit; the welcome, rare sound of his occasional footfalls, and the leavening effect of encountering the title Walk of Shame among a set of otherwise purely geographic designations, underscore the extent to which these works suffer from authorial evacuation.
He's not tipping his hand, just letting everyone know the Sox are definitely in the game.
It's interesting that Sturm didn't use the word "possible" or "potential" before referring to himself as a free agent, perhaps tipping his hand that he will indeed test the market after July 1.