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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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In the sewing process of the binding, the cloth binding should be folded to create a smooth even edge on all sides and edges of the safety vests.
The protective vests will be awarded to the K-9 officers during a ceremony on Aug.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian defense researchers, inspired by fish scales, have designed and developed a new type of hi-tech bulletproof vest which protects the soldiers against bullets fired from close range and different angles.
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Huddersfield University says its external weekend and night-time contractors have chosen to wear stab vests.
Singh alleged that " a very powerful person in the Mumbai Police was involved in purchasing faulty vests for the police force and hence the whole coverup".
The quick release function is the latest specification which some of the best armies in the world demand as mandatory for their regular issues vests, this system is provided for emergency scenarios which would need the soldier to jettison off the vest along with all the equipment and load on it, in emergency situations which require split second reflexes and decisions.
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.
Simi Valley puts vests on dogs when they are dealing with known armed suspects.
The Interceptor armor--the vest and SAPI plates, along with neck and groin protection--weigh in at about 16 pounds.
While coming down firmly in favour of the Sherpa vest, the real surprise for the authors came in the finding that more than 60 per cent of participants did not usually wear vests at all.
Based on Parker's recommendation the group purchased several vests and is currently field-testing them at Exercise Cobra Gold 2005 in Thailand.
The key point here is that because the USCR's interest in the main is already being taxed as it vests, section 409A probably does not apply.
As a reaction to the shooting, a 14-year-old girl in California responded by organizing a program to fund the purchase of protective vests for police dogs.