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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They had a session open to the public on Wednesday, but yesterday was the first time Southgate appeared to reveal his hand to the players.
He was replaced by Rhodes in the 79th minute and Karanka knows the former Blackburn frontman would love to play against his old club but won't reveal his hand until an hour before kick-off.
If they did David Cameron would be forced to reveal his hand by either backing calls to leave Europe or fight the pro-EU case.
O'Driscoll and O'Connell, captains of the last two Lions tours, have provided inspirational leadership dating back to 2004, apart from the occasional interruption But the injury crisis that has decimated Irish ranks has forced coach Declan Kidney to reveal his hand for the future, with Heaslip beating Jonathan Sexton to the honour.
Manager Owen Coyle declined to reveal his hand but endorsed the credentials of Ricketts.
Journalist Jacques Peretti asked whether the former butler, now living in Florida, is merely a great poker player who will never fully reveal his hand.
Glenn Roeder does not want to reveal his hand to his Reading counterpart Steve Coppell before he has to, but I believe Owen will be in his starting line-up for the first time since he took over as United manager 14 months ago.
Duffy has already enjoyed a successful loan spell at Victoria Park this season and, although Wilson is reluctant to reveal his hand, the striker is understood to be prominent on his wanted list.
But Forde's last minute opportunity could force manager Dave Jones to reveal his hand next Sunday as to Alexander's future at Ninian Park.
But Scolari supporters believe he is a strong contender although he does not want to reveal his hand before the World Cup finals - the FA want to unveil the new manager before the finals.
Last night, he was refusing to reveal his hand. He said: 'The most important thing right now for MSPs is to get together at our weekly group meeting and discuss the way forward.
Hoffman insists he was reluctantly forced to reveal his hand after former director Joe Elliott - widely known as Mr Coventry City - stepped aside from his Life President status.
Saunders declined to reveal his hand, but said Wednesday's reserve team performance had provided food for thought as the Dragons beat Morecambe 2-1.
Considering he only informed Green he was playing two hours before kickoff, Capello is unlikely to reveal his hand any time soon.