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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INVESTORS seeking to profit from falling share prices will be forced to reveal their hands when new disclosure rules come into force.
Investors seeking to profit from falling share prices in the current turmoil will be forced to reveal their hands when disclosure rules come into force today.
In Kilkenny, the vote was a unanimous one and with just a few counties left to reveal their hands this week, the scene is set for a Croke Park cliff-hanger.
A new addiction has gripped Hollywood and celebrities are as unlikely as ever to reveal their hands at poker.