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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BOTH sides have now revealed their hands in the battle to bring a super-casino to Birmingham.
The two camps had already revealed their hands the previous evening with Australia confirming that Andy Bichel would play a Test at his home ground, while England decided against gambling on allrounder Andrew Flintoff and chose Craig White in his place.