Cards

put cards on the table

Meaning: be open and honest

Example: When John met up with Jane on their first date, John laid his cards on the table for Jane to know what he wanted. Read on

keep card close to chest

Meaning: be secretive or cautious, give nothing away

Example: The children did not know where they were to go for their family holiday trip. Their dad kept his cards close to his chest. Read on

a house of cards

Meaning: something that can easily be broken or crumble by itself

Example: The police brought the illegal business down like a house of cards as per the news article but it was a much more planned affair in reality. Read on

card up sleeve

Meaning: to have a secret advantage that is suddenly revealed to change the game

Example: He did not just leave his house. He had a card up his sleeve that he did not even reveal to his family, which was his new flat in a posh locality. Read on

on the cards

on the cards Meaning: likely to happen. Example: Some big changes in the British Space Agency structure are on the cards for next year.

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ward off

Meaning: to prevent something from harming you

Example: Our government has doubled the number of soldiers at the border to ward off illegal immigrants. Read on

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