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play (or keep) one's cards close to one's chest (or North American vest)

Definition of play or keep one's cards close to one's chest or North American vest in English:

informal Be extremely secretive and cautious about one’s intentions: the less skilled negotiator feels vulnerable and is more likely to keep his cards close to his chest
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  • So far, the special prosecutor has kept his cards close to his chest.
  • He keeps his cards close to his vest.
  • Who supports the program, who wants to phase it out, and who's keeping their cards close to their vest, trying to figure which way the wind will blow?
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