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.
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Alex Mitchell X-rays have revealed his hand is broken TURN TO PAGE 54 Annan boss Peter Murphy revealed how further x-rays to keeper Alex Mitchell's damaged hand have shown that it's broken.
Ian Murray revealed his hand and declared it's time for Labour to have their "first female prime minister".
Gatland revealed his hand for Friday's Millennium Stadium showdown two days ahead of schedule.
There were two schools of thought proposed before Ian McGeechan revealed his hand yesterday - do the Lions tackle South Africa's brute force head on or do they try to outsmart them?
Meath manager Sean Boylan last night revealed his hand for the big provincial semi-final with the Royal County's bitter rivals.
No sooner had the players recovered from yesterday's 37-10 win over a Japan Select XV than the coach revealed his hand for Sunday's re-match against the full national side.
Such is the manager's delight with his side of late, and the pleasing fact that his new group of players are not as injury-prone as in the recent past, he revealed his hand.
No sooner had the players recovered from yesterday's 37-10 win over a Japan Select XV than the coach Jim Mallinder revealed his hand for Sunday's re-match against the full national side.
SHAMI Ahmed, the owner of baggy jeans group Joe Bloggs, yesterday revealed his hand as the bidder behind the pounds 36million takeover offer for suit maker Moss Bros.
Scala also revealed his hand and disclosed that he had "recently" held talks with the SFA.
And Harris immediately revealed his hand, saying: "We will go to Ascot now, he will stay the two and a half miles and it is a race I have been looking to win for some time but we have been unlucky.
The Goodison Park vice- chairman revealed his hand on Monday when a close ally suggested he had put together a consortium to buy out Peter Johnson.
But before he did, the 53-year-old revealed his hand as he emerged as the chief figure in a consortium including Lord Granchester, acting chairman Philip Carter and director Arthur Abercromby.
Boss Wright revealed his hands were tied after Aberdeen snapped up striker David Goodwillie who had been training with Saints.