Hold their cards close to their chests - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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hold (one's) cards close to (one's) chest
To keep one's plans, intentions, or information secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's chest in a 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 been holding her cards close to her chest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm holding my cards close to my chest for the time being.
keep/hold/play your cards ˌclose to your ˈchest not tell others what you are intending to do: He keeps his cards pretty close to his chest. I don’t know whether he plans to buy the house or not. OPPOSITE: show/reveal your hand
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It's commonplace for successful people to hold their cards close to their chests
, but not among these professionals.
Many of our residents prefer to hold their cards close to their chests
during the early election cycle.