put/lay your cards on the table

lay your cards on the table

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put your cards on the table

If you lay your cards on the table or put your cards on the table, you tell someone the truth about your feelings, opinions or plans. I will lay my cards on the table. I am an atheist. I'm going to put my cards on the table and make you an offer. Note: The reference here is to players in a card game laying their cards face up for the other players to see.
See also: card, lay, on, table

put (or lay) your cards on the table

be completely open and honest in declaring your resources, intentions, or attitude.
See also: card, on, put, table

put/lay your ˈcards on the table

(informal) talk honestly and openly about your thoughts and intentions, especially when these have been secret until now: It’s time I put my cards on the table; I can’t afford the price you’re asking.
See also: card, lay, on, put, table
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