mark (one's) card

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mark (one's) card

To alert one to pertinent information about something or someone; to tip one off. Shortly after I started, one of my coworkers marked my card about the boss's tendency to give very harsh criticism.
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mark someone's card

give someone information. informal
This idiom, which dates from the mid 20th century, derives from the world of horse racing. The card is a race card , the list of runners at a race meeting, so to mark someone's card is to give them tips for possible winners.
See also: card, mark
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AT university I studied Classics so no one is a better judge to mark your card for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket today.
Just to mark your card about money in the lower leagues, we've seen a few quid for Ross County at home to Cowdenbeeath, Morton at Stirling and Second Division champs Livingston at Dumbarton.
We mark your card for the world's greatest greatest steeplechase with five horses worthy of a flutter: STRONG FAVOURITES BUTLER'S CABIN: Fell in the race last year after running well for a long way but, after a spell in the wilderness, trainer Jonjo O'Neill looks to have got him back to top form with an excellent fifth place in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham.
Please mark your card with your choice of venue and your name and address.
You will enjoy full hospitality with a champagne reception, lunch with a complimentary bar, afternoon tea and the services of a guest tipster who will mark your card.
Setanta already airs RUK's 'Mark Your Card' preview programme on its Saturday schedule and will now use the channel's feed to show four races from British meetings live to Irish viewers.
I may sort of understand why you decided to get your retaliation in first, but the school was right to mark your card. His will have been marked as well.
I want to mark your card about some cycling action in the women's road race.
Saturday 1.00 Newton Abbot & Cork 5.45 Stateside 2.00 Australia 6.00 Closedown Racing UK 0.00 Replay 12.30 Mark Your Card 1.30 Haydock, Carlisle, Kempton & Musselburgh 6.00 Replay Racing Post Greyhound TV Crayford, Newcastle
You will enjoy full hospitality with a champagne reception, lunch with a complimentary bar, afternoon tea and the services of a guest tipster and champion jockey who will mark your card. You will also get to watch some of the finest jump racing in the world from the private hospitality area.
The Mullins-trained pair Boston Bob and Mark Your Card clash in the 12-runner Grade 2 Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle over 2m4f.
The panel will give their views and mark your card for all 16 Championship races.
You need to think clearly to mark your card here, so what better than an area of seclusion away from the hectic pace of the course.
SOCCER: My old friend Jack Pott can't ignore the FA Cup this week as I give him the chance to mark your card every Saturday.
LET me mark your card on two shows my wife and I saw on and just off Broadway.