put\ one's\ cards\ on\ the\ table

• lay one's cards on the table
• lay down one's cards
• put one's cards on the table
v. phr. informal
To let someone know your position and interest openly; deal honestly; act without trickery or secrets.

In talking about buying the property, Peterson laid his cards on the table about his plans for it.

Some of the graduates of the school were unfriendly toward the new superintendent, but he put his cards on the table and won their support.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • put (or lay) one's cards on the table — be completely open in declaring one s intentions. → card …   English new terms dictionary

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