lay one's cards on the table

lay one's cards on the table & put one's cards on the table
Fig. to be very candid about one's position on some issue. (Alludes to laying playing cards on the table, face up, showing the cards.) •

All right. Let's lay our cards on the table and speak very candidly about this matter.

It's time we put our cards on the table and spoke honestly.

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or[lay down one's cards] or[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./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • lay one's cards on the table — or[lay down one s cards] or[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… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay\ 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,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lay one's cards on the table — ► put (or lay) one s cards on the table be completely open and honest in declaring one s intentions. Main Entry: ↑card …   English terms dictionary

  • lay one's cards on the table — let someone know one s position and feelings openly, deal honestly about something He decided to lay his cards on the table and tell his boss about the job offer from the other company …   Idioms and examples

  • lay one's cards on the table —  Make a full statement of one s position, concealing nothing …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • lay one's cards on the table — speak frankly, be honest, not hold back …   English contemporary dictionary

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

  • put or lay one's cards on the table — idi put or lay one s cards on the table, to be completely straightforward …   From formal English to slang

  • put/lay one's cards on the table —    If you put your cards on the table, you speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.     It was time for me to put my cards on the table and reveal my true feelings …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • put one's cards on the table — See: LAY ONE S CARDS ON THE TABLE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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