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keep (one's) cards close to (one's) vest

To keep one's plans, intentions, or tactics secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's chest in a card game, so as not to allow other players to see one's hand. We're all curious about what the boss has been discussing in those meetings with the lawyers, but she's keeping her cards close to her vest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm keeping my cards close to my vest for the time being.
See also: card, close, keep, vest

play (one's) cards close to (one's) vest

To keep one's plans, intentions, or tactics secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's vest in a card game, so as not to allow other players to see one's hand. We're all curious about what the boss has been discussing in those meetings with the lawyers, but she's playing her cards close to her vest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm playing my cards close to my vest for the time being.
See also: card, close, play, vest

play one's cards close to one's chest

 and play one's cards close to one's vest; keep one's cards close to one's chest; keep one's cards close to one's vest
Fig. to keep to oneself or be very cautious in one's dealing with people. (As if one were playing cards and not permitting anyone to see any of the cards.) He is very cautious. He plays his cards close to his chest. You seem to be playing your cards close to your vest.
See also: card, chest, close, play

vest someone with something

to grant power, rights, or ownership to someone. Who vested you with the power to order me around? The dictator vested himself with the power to imprison almost anyone.
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vest something in someone or something

to grant sole power or control over something to someone or some group. The king vested all the military power in his own hands. The constitution vests the power to tax in the legislature.
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vest in

v.
To place something, such as authority, property, or rights, in the control of someone or some group: I vested my estate in my son. The judge is very conscientious about the duties and responsibilities that are vested in her.
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vest with

v.
To invest or endow someone or some group with something, such as power or rights: The company vests its employees with full pension rights after five years of service. The council is vested with broad powers.
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vest

1. n. an important businessman or businesswoman. (see also suit.) Some vest jumped out the window this afternoon.
2. n. a bullet-proof vest. The cop wasn’t wearing a vest, and the shot killed him.
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Since 2011, HD Vest has been owned by an investor group which is led by Parthenon Capital Partners and includes Lovell Minnick Partners and Fisher Lynch.
Two outside 8 x 6 pockets on bottom of vest with flaps and fastening system of A" wide minimum hook and loop material.
The bulletproof vest industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed.
Fundraising activities for Nikita's vest included book, candy and bake sales, which raised nearly $1,500.
The fact that the victim was none other than Karkare, a joint commissioner of police, and yet the police managed to " lose" his vest is an appaling laxity.
It claims that Instavest is the fastest quick release vest in the world, both, in terms of taking it off and then reassembling it and putting it on.
Plain and block coloured vests look great teamed with jeans and gladiator sandals (in colourful brights this year) while the latest shiny materials, whether subtle or glitzy, are adding sparkle to this season's sporty whites.
Glendale Police Department canine Sam wears one of the department's new bulletproof canine vests that were purchased by an anonymous donor and displayed by the department Monday.
THE VEST HAS A POCKET INSIDE THE LEFT FRONT PANEL DESIGNED TO HOLD THE MANUAL.
With temperatures soaring to 98F (36C), soldiers were ordered to try out different models of vest under their bush jackets and rate them to get to the bottom of the vexing question: whether string vests had any 'definite advantage' as a summer garment.
To help combat the heat faced by Deployment and Distribution Support Teams serving in these areas, the 599th Transportation Group is testing an innovative safety vest created by GlacierTek, a West Melbourne, Fla.
Former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Vane Vest died at age 53 on January 8, 2003, from complications from an intestinal disorder.
Forfeiture before vesting is handled by calculating the fraction of ESOs that can be expected to never vest (and as a result, to expire worthless) based on actual ESO data.
For example, although no research currently exists documenting the extent of protection that a vest would provide a police canine, the public's perception and the continued reporting by the media champion the use of such equipment.
She was granted 100,000 NQOs for which the underlying stock will vest annually over the next four years.