hold/keep/play (something) close to one's chest


variants or US hold/keep/play (something) close to the vest
: to keep (something) to oneself
It's better to hold such information close to the vest.
She tends to keep her opinions close to her chest.

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hold/keep/play (something) close to one's chest


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“Hold/keep/play (something) close to one's chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%2Fkeep%2Fplay%20%28something%29%20close%20to%20one%27s%20chest. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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