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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But McKay's agent Grant Smith has slammed Caixinha, insisting he failed in the game of high-stakes poker by revealing his hand.
What name is given to the card player in bridge who, after revealing his hand, takes no further part in the game?
And the former England assistant insists he does not want to get stung by revealing his hand again.
Without revealing his hand, he said: "I haven't got a lot of room for manoeuvre but I want to try and be fair to everyone.
he might be the way to get information from various quarters about the matter without seeking it or revealing his hand." At times, McCloy, the government servant, and McCloy, the Wall Street lawyer/dealmaker, seem indistinguishable.
Kevin Keegan may have no qualms about revealing his hand a day before England's matches, but Martin O'Neill and John Aldridge were playing it far more cagily yesterday, although both revealed freak injuries had taken place in their morning training sessions.