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tip one's hand

Definition of tip one's hand in English:

North American informal Reveal one’s intentions inadvertently.
Example sentences
  • Collecting stories across the political spectrum, he never tips his hand to reveal his views or prejudices.
  • He doesn't tip his hand and reveal why he knows, but he tells Clark that he knows the story about his rescue is not quite true.
  • But that will be carefully parsed by all of the economists on Wall Street to see - and if you're familiar with the way that Alan Greenspan speaks, he's almost rarely, rarely tips his hand.
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