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show one's cards

Definition of show one's cards

  1. 1 :  to put down one's playing cards on a table so that their values can be seen

  2. 2 :  to tell other people what one is planning to do, wants to do, or is able to do <The company wants to avoid showing its cards about its decision until next month.>



Word by Word Definitions

showplay
  1. :  to cause or permit to be seen :  exhibit

    :  to offer for sale

    :  to present as a public spectacle :  perform

  1. :  a demonstrative display

    :  outward appearance

    :  a false semblance :  pretense

cardplay cards
  1. :  to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (as fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning

  1. :  an instrument or machine for carding fibers that consists usually of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back

    :  an implement for raising a nap on cloth

  1. :  playing card

    :  a game played with cards

    :  card playing

  1. :  to place or fasten on or by means of a card

    :  to provide with a card

    :  to list or record on a card


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