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What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often?



 
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What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often? #1 (permalink) Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:10 am   What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #707 "English Slang Idioms (449)", question 7

"Tommy isn't a very trusting soul, is he? He wouldn't even tell me where he lived for almost a year," Matt said. Ronald replied, "No, he doesn't show his ......... very often."

(a) foot
(b) hand
(c) face
(d) heel

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #707 "English Slang Idioms (449)", answer 7

"Tommy isn't a very trusting soul, is he? He wouldn't even tell me where he lived for almost a year," Matt said. Ronald replied, "No, he doesn't show his hand very often."

Correct answer: (b) hand
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What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often? #2 (permalink) Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:20 am   What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often?
 

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What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often? #3 (permalink) Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:27 am   What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often?
 

Hi Mister,

What does "show his hand" means?
Is it a standard idiom?
Please help.
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What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often? #4 (permalink) Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:08 am   What does this idiom mean: to show your hand very often?
 

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Yes, it is common. 'show one's hand' (also 'show one's cards')
1: to display one's cards face up
2: to declare one's intentions or reveal one's resources
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