play your cards right


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play (one's) cards right

To act adeptly and with good judgment; to make the best and most effective use of the resources at one's disposal. The bosses have been impressed with your work so far. If you keep playing your cards right, you could see a promotion inside of a year. I'm really hoping Janet will agree to go on a second date, but I'll have to play my cards right tonight!
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play your cards right

mainly BRITISH
If you play your cards right, you use your skills to do what is needed in order to succeed. Soon, if she played her cards right, she would be head of the London office. He was convinced he could actually win the election provided that he played his cards right. Note: The reference here is to a player in a card game who can win the game if they use their cards well enough.
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play your cards right

make the best use of your assets and opportunities.
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play your ˈcards right

(informal) deal successfully with a particular situation so that you achieve some advantage or something that you want: If you play your cards right you could get promotion in a year or two.
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TONY Blair's retirement is turning into a game of Brucie's Play Your Cards Right.
TRENT VALLEY WMC: Wednesday: Mad Hatters Swing Dance Club 8-11pm UNICORN SOCIAL: Tonight: bingo (concert room) Lucky Number and open the box; Tomorrow: Shelley Marie, pounds 1 adults, 50p children; Sunday: bingo (concert room) lucky number (lunchtime) bingo (concert room) lucky number and play your cards right (evening); Monday: bingo and lucky number (concert room), ; Wednesday: Bingo and lucky number (concert room).
The star went on to host the hugely popular TV shows The Generation Game, The Price is Right and Play Your Cards Right.
Bingo with Brian, 8pm flyer, lucky number and open the box; Sunday (lunch): Bingo with Brian, lucky number, open the box; (evening) all flyers bingo Monday: (lunch) bingo with Brian, lucky number, open the box, (evening) Wednesday: All flyers bingo (evening) BISHOPSGATE: Sunday: play your cards right (evening); Tuesday: 50/50 ballroom and sequence tea dance, 2-4.30pm, evening: Bingo with Des CANLEY SPORTS & SOCIAL: Sunday: Play your cards right, bingo, hot food, open the box (lunch) disco (evening); Monday: Bingo; Tuesday: Children's Party / Fancy Dress / Disco; Thursday: Bingo CHARTERHOUSE WMC: Tonight: Bingo; Tomorrow: Plus bingo; Sunday: Bingo;
The star went on to host the popular TV shows The Generation Game, The Price is Right and Play Your Cards Right.
Lime Tree Park WMC: Tonight: bingo, open the box; Tomorrow: Bar: bottle raffle and disco with Bingo, Play your cards right, lounge: Richard Gissane; Sunday: bingo, open the box (Lunch), bingo and open the box (Night); Tuesday: bingo, open the box; Thursday: Bingo London Road Social: Tomorrow: Twice Nightly plus bingo and open the box; Sunday: Dave plus bingo + open the box & quiz; Thursday: bingo and open the box Parkstone WMC: Tonight: Bingo, Quiz; Tomorrow: Deezire; Sunday: Bingo (evening) Bingo, Lucky Number, Open the Box, Karl Stevens; Tuesday: Bingo .
LIME TREE PARK WMC: Tonight: bingo, open the box; Tomorrow: Bar: karaoke with Bingo, Play your cards right, lounge: Get Back Duo, bottle raffle; Sunday: bingo, open the box (Lunch), bingo and open the box (Night); Tuesday: bingo, open the box; Thursday: Bingo LONDON ROAD SOCIAL: Tomorrow: Howzatt plus bingo and open the box; Sunday: Kenny and Karl Sinclair plus bingo + open the box & quiz; Thursday: bingo and open the box MASSEY FERGUSON: Tomorrow: Easter family fun night with disco, bingo and play your cards right PARKSTONE WMC: Tonight: Bingo, Quiz; Tomorrow: Smooth Inc; Sunday: Bingo (evening) Bingo, Lucky Number, Open the Box, Stuart James; Monday: Easter disco plus kids' Easter bonnet parade, bingo; Tuesday: Bingo .
WHEN Bruce Forsyth learned ITV were planning to dump his long-running series, Play Your Cards Right, he organised a secret press conference to take a swipe at their underhand tactics.
BISHOPSGATE: Tomorrow: Coventry Mayo Tony Kearns for the Jim - Della Bowen fund memorial, Sunday: Play your cards right (evening); Tuesday: 50/50 Ballroom and sequence tea dance, 2-4.30pm, bingo with Des (evening).
Bruce, 75, is said to be delighted with his first primetime presenting job since being axed from Play Your Cards Right.
BELL GREEN WMC: Tonight: Flyer, bingo with Brian, open the box, lucky number, 8pm; Sunday: Bingo with Brian, open the box and lucky number, 1pm, bingo with Brian, lucky number, play your cards right, 8pm.
Bell Green WMC: Tonight: Declan Gaynor, karaoke competition with prizes, open the box, lucky number and bingo' Sunday: Clair Daniel, play your cards right, open the box and bingo' Wednesday: Lucky number, open the box and bingo.
WEDNESDAY night is Play Your Cards Right night at the Dog and Gun in Croxteth Park.
Activities for young and old to take part in included badge making, screen printing, skittles, Play Your Cards Right, Coconut Shy and Lucky Dip.
Play Your Cards Right and Strictly presenter Brucie, who died in August aged 89, sold the 6750cc blue Roller in 1978.