put 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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See: LAY ONE'S CARDS ON THE TABLE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • 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

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