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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Employees are also asked to reveal their cards upon entry and are searched before they enter the building.
Political analyst Rahmatullah Bezhan thinks candidates took time to reveal their cards because political parties and alliance partners were in lengthy and secretive political consultations.
Indeed, the regime and its opponents were able to push all the sides to reveal their cards, and to force all those fighting inside and over Syrian to carry out a clear repositioning.
India do not reveal their cards until the time of the toss, and Australia too, unlike in Chennai, didn't announce their XI for the five- day encounter to be played the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
While other service providers are yet to reveal their cards on 4G, Airtel has apparently started making efforts to dominate this segment.
After every jaguar has partnered with a habitat person, the habitat partners will reveal their cards.
The Syrians are cautious too, and will not reveal their cards without making sure that such a move will be quite useful to them," Harling said.
It's a $6 billion a year game for the six Hollywood studios, though none of them ever likes to reveal their cards.