play one's cards right

Definition of play one's cards right

  1. :  to do things in an intelligent and well-planned way If I play my cards right, I'll be able to graduate next year.

Word by Word Definitions

playplay
  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

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

rightplay
  1. :  righteous, upright

    :  being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

    :  conforming to facts or truth :  correct

  1. :  qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

    :  something to which one has a just claim: such as

    :  the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. :  according to right

    :  in the exact location, position, or moment :  precisely

    :  in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. :  to do justice to :  redress the injuries of

    :  justify, vindicate

    :  avenge


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