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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Mrs May told MPs on Wednesday that she was seeking "the right deal" on trade in goods and services after Britain withdraws from the EU, but added: "We will not take decisions until we are ready, we will not reveal our hand prematurely and we will not provide a running commentary on every twist and turn of the negotiations.
Mrs May told MPs on Wednesday she was seeking "the right deal" on trade in goods and services, but added: "We will not take decisions until we are ready, we will not reveal our hand prematurely and we will not provide a running commentary.
She told MPs: "We will not take decisions until we are ready, we will not reveal our hand prematurely.
She told MPs that she was seeking "the right deal" on trade in goods and services after Britain withdraws from the EU, but added: "We will not take decisions until we are ready, we will not reveal our hand prematurely and we will not provide a running commentary on every twist and turn of the negotiations.
I can not reveal our hand on this because it is very sensitive negotiation we have got to go through and it is commercially confidential.