hold (something) close to (one's)/the vest(redirected from held close to the vest)
hold (something) close to (one's)/the 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 holding everything close to her vest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm holding them close to my vest for the time being.
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