Lay Your Cards on the Table

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To be open in discussing plans and facts, to reveal something candidly to someone

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  • There are many phrases and idioms about cards. There are many different games in which cards are used. When a player throws his cards on the table facing up, it shows what type cards the player holds. His cards lie open on the table, all his secret and strength is now open on the table, it tells it all. Similarly, the expression “lay your cards on the table” means your important plan, decision; judgment is open or revealed to all.
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The captain before the match laid all his cards on the table about important strategies and plans.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Lay Your Cards on the Table':

lay your cards on the tableTo be ​honest about ​your ​feelings and ​intentions.
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