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keep (one's) cards close to (one's) vest

To keep one's plans, intentions, or tactics secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's chest in a card game, so as not to allow other players to see one's hand. We're all curious about what the boss has been discussing in those meetings with the lawyers, but she's keeping her cards close to her vest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm keeping my cards close to my vest for the time being.
See also: card, close, keep, vest

play (one's) cards close to (one's) vest

To keep one's plans, intentions, or tactics secret from everyone else. Refers to holding one's playing cards close to one's vest in a card game, so as not to allow other players to see one's hand. We're all curious about what the boss has been discussing in those meetings with the lawyers, but she's playing her cards close to her vest. Sorry for not being more straightforward about my plans, but I'm playing my cards close to my vest for the time being.
See also: card, close, play, vest

play one's cards close to one's chest

 and play one's cards close to one's vest; keep one's cards close to one's chest; keep one's cards close to one's vest
Fig. to keep to oneself or be very cautious in one's dealing with people. (As if one were playing cards and not permitting anyone to see any of the cards.) He is very cautious. He plays his cards close to his chest. You seem to be playing your cards close to your vest.
See also: card, chest, close, play

vest someone with something

to grant power, rights, or ownership to someone. Who vested you with the power to order me around? The dictator vested himself with the power to imprison almost anyone.
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vest something in someone or something

to grant sole power or control over something to someone or some group. The king vested all the military power in his own hands. The constitution vests the power to tax in the legislature.
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play your cards close to your chest

mainly BRITISH or

play your cards close to the vest

AMERICAN
If you play your cards close to your chest, you do not tell anyone about your plans or thoughts. Williams is playing his cards close to his chest, especially in terms of his driver line-up for next season. He plays his cards very close to the vest, leaving some attorneys with whom he's worked to describe him as secretive and manipulative. Note: You can also say that someone keeps their cards close to their chest or keeps their cards close to the vest. The Prime Minister was said yesterday to be keeping his cards close to his chest after an informal discussion at cabinet on Thursday. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of cards. Taylor kept his thoughts close to his chest, saying only: `I'm not prepared to comment.' I have no inside information — Dave's playing this one close to his chest. The military's playing this whole operation pretty close to the vest — they generally don't like to talk about future operations. Note: This is a reference to card-players holding their cards close to their chest so that nobody else can see them.
See also: card, chest, close, play

vest in

v.
To place something, such as authority, property, or rights, in the control of someone or some group: I vested my estate in my son. The judge is very conscientious about the duties and responsibilities that are vested in her.
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vest with

v.
To invest or endow someone or some group with something, such as power or rights: The company vests its employees with full pension rights after five years of service. The council is vested with broad powers.
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vest

1. n. an important businessman or businesswoman. (see also suit.) Some vest jumped out the window this afternoon.
2. n. a bullet-proof vest. The cop wasn’t wearing a vest, and the shot killed him.
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Shivanandan claimed Karkare's bullet- proof vest wasn't faulty and that he died of bullet injuries on his neck.
Manish claims that putting the Instavest on and off is so simple that a person can jettison the vest in less than a second in a single action and then reassemble and put it back on in less than 45 seconds.
If you thought vests were just for dads and came only in white cotton, think again.
Glendale Police Department canine Sam wears one of the department's new bulletproof canine vests that were purchased by an anonymous donor and displayed by the department Monday.
THE VEST HAS A POCKET INSIDE THE LEFT FRONT PANEL DESIGNED TO HOLD THE MANUAL.
Noting growth in the number of string vest 'adherents' in the summer months in Britain, the report's authors set out to fathom the 'indefiniteness of its function'.
Other advantages of the vest are that it weighs less than five pounds and it lasts up to two and one-half hours in a 100 degree environment," said Parker.
Since these vests can often pass as a photographer's, fisherman's or traveler's vest, they may be worn with shorts or even with swim trunks without appearing out of place.
CSF will be providing to CFFC a desired suitable replacement tactical vest.
Former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Vane Vest died at age 53 on January 8, 2003, from complications from an intestinal disorder.
Forfeiture before vesting is handled by calculating the fraction of ESOs that can be expected to never vest (and as a result, to expire worthless) based on actual ESO data.
For example, although no research currently exists documenting the extent of protection that a vest would provide a police canine, the public's perception and the continued reporting by the media champion the use of such equipment.
She was granted 100,000 NQOs for which the underlying stock will vest annually over the next four years.
For the first time, state, county, and local law-enforcement and correction agencies have been able to purchase NIJapproved stab-resistant vests through funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Vest Partnership Program.
BEAT bobbies in Coventry will be the first in the West Midlands to get body armour - weeks after a city policewoman's life was saved by her own stab-proof vest.