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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Ivor Jones, an analyst at Evolution Securities, said: "Rank's casino assets are likely to be more attractive to a buyer than its bingo business but we should expect gaming companies to be adroit at not revealing their hands too early"
"We should expect gaming companies to be adroit at not revealing their hands too early and it may be some time before true strategic intentions, of all potential parties, become clear."