tip (one's) hand

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tip (one's) hand

To reveal one's intentions, plans, secrets, or resources. An allusion to letting someone else see the cards one is currently holding (one's "hand"). The foreign leader has definitely tipped his hand when it comes to his country's position in the negotiations. Remember not to tip your hand when you go into the meeting.
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tip one's hand

to reveal what one is going to do; to reveal one's secrets. (From card playing.) I didn't tip my hand at all. I left them guessing. They tried to get me to tip my hand.
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tip one's hand

Accidentally reveal one's intentions, as in He avoided any comments on birthdays for fear of tipping his hand about the surprise party . This idiom probably alludes to holding one's hand in such a way that others can see the cards one is holding. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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tip your hand (or mitt)

reveal your intentions inadvertently. US informal
This expression is the opposite of keep your cards close to your chest (see card).
1966 Martin Woodhouse Tree Frog We couldn't very well oppose it without tipping our hand.
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tip (one's) hand

To reveal one's resources or intentions.
See also: hand, tip
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Mark Helfrich didn't tip his hand as to whether Vernon Adams Jr.
The film unfolds mostly through static shots, frequently denying close-ups or camera moves that might tip his hand.
At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, Mr Netanyahu said Israel was "in intense diplomatic negotiations with the American administration to find a solution to allow the talks to continue" but did not tip his hand about possible US benefits.
mentioned its alignment with Agfa but did not tip his hand about the pending acquisition: "For our prepress customers we are aligned with Agfa Graphics to provide its award-winning product portfolio.
Obama dropped in and listened to the proposal but did not tip his hand, the Washington Post and New York Times reported.
The author commendably doesn't tip his hand until the last moment.
At one point late in 1997, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan seemed to tip his hand by intimating that in his opinion stock prices could be drifting far too high.
Burns carefully declines to tip his hand in terms of LNP's specific shopping list for new material technologies, but given its already strong position in mid-range to high-end engineering thermoplastics, a fair guess is the company is pondering acquisition of an established TP elastomer product line.
VanBennekom said UPI had plans for differentiated coverage and planned to "spring a few surprises" regarding that coverage, but declined to tip his hand.
The third-year coach didn't tip his hand on which quarterback will start the season opener on Sept.
Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy has no incentive to tip his hand early while trying to extract the highest price for its 20% chunk.
While de Vrught declines to tip his hand further, it appears that DSM's interest lies in purchasing custom compounders with a strategic regional presence and expertise (or proprietary product lines) in higher performance engineering thermoplastics such as PPS and liquid-crystal polymers.