Idiom of the week – Put/lay one’s cards on the table
Posted by englishlessons on February 8, 2012
be completely open or honest about one’s position on an issue
We decided to be transparent about our position on this issue. We put all our cards on the table.
He surprised me by laying his cards on the table at the beginning of our negotiations.
In a card game you usually can’t see the other players’ cards. You have to make your move or bet based on guesses about your opponents’ cards. If you lay your cards on the table, everyone will be able to see how many points you have.
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