play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

idiom

Definition of play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest 

: to keep one's plans, ideas, etc., hidden from other people No one knows if he's going to run for reelection. He's still playing his cards close to his chest.

Learn More about play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

Share play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

Resources for play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

Dictionary Entries near play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

play gym

play hard to get

play hell with

play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

play hooky

play host to

playhouse

Statistics for play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

Look-up Popularity

Comments on play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest

What made you want to look up play/hold/keep one's cards close to the/one's chest/vest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

full of whispering sounds

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!