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Play one’s cards close to the chest


Secretive. Opaque in one’s attitude or ambitions. If playing a game of poker and you fear other players seeingĀ  your cards, you would hold them close to your chest for privacy, especially if you have a winning hand. Usually suggests that someone is not willing to transmit their intentions.

“I don’t know how he is going to vote, he’s playing his cards close to his chest.”

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