reveal (one's) hand

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reveal (one's) hand

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret. (Also expressed as "reveal (one's) cards"; both phrases refer to displaying one's cards ("hand") during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't reveal your hand right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the government is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to reveal his hand regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: hand, reveal
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But he will not reveal his hand publicly until later in the week.
Kennedy, widely regarded as the swing vote, did not reveal his hand and questioned attorneys for both sides aggressively.
Cagey coach Brian McClennan gave no clues to his line-up at yesterday's eve-of-final walkabout - in sharp contrast to his predecessor, Warrington coach Tony Smith, who an hour earlier named his team to the media - and he will not reveal his hand until an hour before kick-off.
Of course, Eriksson will not reveal his hand in the last group game against Sweden tomorrow night.
Millward, who must also decide whether or not to risk prop David Fairleigh's injured shoulder, will not reveal his hand until an hour before kick-off, in contrast to his counterpart Stuart Raper, who named his line-up four days ago.
Coach Duncan Fletcher says they have 'made their minds up' but will not reveal his hand too early and has named both players in the squad for today's match, although Hick faces a late fitness test on a calf injury sustained in training on Tuesday.
He admitted he had made up his mind about the starting XI the day after the double was clinched with that Wembley stroll against Newcastle but would not reveal his hand, although the Beckham scare may yet cause a reshuffle.
Radford will not reveal his hand publicly until later this week, while opposite number Tony Smith will check on an ankle knock to back-rower Joe Westerman - though it is not expected to rule him out of facing his former club.