reveal (one's) cards

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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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The National Conference president and outgoing chief minister Omar Abdullah was not in a mood to reveal his cards over formation of government in the state.
But before they could go for broke with a contempt of Parliament showdown that would force the dealer to reveal his cards, they were met with a wager of an independent review, which as all pundits seem to agree, was impeccable strategy as it was just enough to keep his opponents in the game.
Cercas refused to reveal his cards prior to possible further negotiations with the Council, which could take place in order to secure an informal agreement before the Parliament's plenary vote scheduled for 17 December in Strasbourg.