PLAYING CARDS - idioms

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1. He keeps his cards close to his = he is rather secretive or reticent.
2. I call a spade a ! = I speak plainly and describe things as they are, maybe without tact.
3. I’ll your bluff = I don’t believe what you are saying is true and want you to prove it.
4. When the director told his secretary as a joke that she was sacked, she believed him because he said it with a poker = he seemed serious, and said it without smiling.
5. I'm not going to bluff anymore, I'm going to put all my cards on the = I'm going to be open and transparent about my intentions.
6. We weren't able to make the business a success because the cards were stacked us. = we were at a big disadvantage.
7. If you play your cards I'll sign the contract. = if you behave in what I consider the right way.
8. I thought Mary was great company at first, but then I realised that she was one card short of a full . = she was rather simple-minded or stupid. (we also speak of a DECK of cards).
9. You think I'll lose the argument, do you? Well, let me tell you - I have an ace up my ! = I have an undeclared or secret advantage.
10. John's never been happy in life! He believes he was dealt a hand because his parents died when he was a child. = he was at a disadvantage in life.
11. I'm getting old, I'm afraid, and suppose I'll soon be ing in my chips! = I'll die (or snuff it, pop my clogs, kick the bucket, be six feet under, soon be pushing up the daisies).
12. We asked Peter to find out vital information which we didn't believe he would find, but he came up ! = he was successful. (begins with tr...)

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