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show (one's) cards

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those previously hidden or kept secret. (A variant of "show one's hand"; both phrases refer to displaying the cards one has in one's hand during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't show your cards right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the IRS is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to show his cards regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: card, show
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Exhibition pamphlets and award recipient show cards are available in the ECC art gallery.
He's not afraid to show cards. There is no love lost between the managers and I'm hoping that will fire up the players.
As well as 13 collections, it also features eyewear accessories and point of sale materials such as stands, posters and show cards. The brochure is part of a new range of Dunelm materials for practitioners, which are presented in a useful folder.
App Switcher that shows card stack of apps can cause sluggish performance or show cards at random.
There are two parts of the exhibition -- one comprising historical material such as film stills, lobby cards, show cards and song books and the other comprising of works by nine artists," says Rahab Allana, who has curated the historical section Filmi Jagat: Shared Universe of Indian Cinema'.
REF WATCH...................................6 M Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear): Got major calls right but too willing to show cards in first half.
All the publishers sent in publicity materials for their authors, including show cards. These made a superb display around the Town Hall stage.
From book illustrations and sheet music covers, the artists moved to small advertising posters (or show cards), labels, and packages.
But won't anyone in the same room want to know why you opted for show cards and didn't just answer outright?
"There is an exuberance of the players going towards the referee and inviting him to show cards." said Blatter.
I agree that at this World Cup there has been an exuberance of players going towards the referee inviting him to show cards.
Surface finishing of printed products by plastific coating is used on different products (show cards, leaflets, invitation cards ...) or parts of products such as (cover, book jacket, cover for boxes ...) and the finishing processes which are used are cutting, gluing, bending, creasing, back rounding etc.
"To give you an example, original cardboard toy show cards advertising Hornby 0 gauge trains, that would have been given to dealers to put in their windows and perhaps measure one foot by one foot, regularly sell for up to pounds 1,000."
Bobby Duffy provides a valuable service to the research industry by describing how the layout of show cards can affect opinion survey results.