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reveal (one's) cards

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) hand"; 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 cards 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 cards regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: card, reveal
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Only original reveal cards are valid - copied, damaged or defaced prize cards will not be accepted.
Figures from Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide reveal cards are still the most popular way of delivering festive cheer, with a national mail bag of around 2.
Only one reveal card is permitted per transaction per person.
Winner must be in possession of the reveal card at time of redemption.