to lay your cards on the table




Idiom Definition

"to lay your cards on the table"

to show your true feelings or intentions;

to expose your plans or ideas

Idiom Definition - to lay your cards on the table

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to lay your cards on the table

Bill sells used cars.  He buys used cars and then sells them for a profit.  One day, Susan comes to see Bill because she wants to buy a car.  Susan decides on the car she would like to buy.  She begins to negotiate the price with Bill.  Bill tells Susan that the price of the car is $5,000.  Susan tells Bill that the price is far too much and she will only pay $2,500.  Bill says that $2,500 is less than what he paid for it and that he would lose money.  He tells Susan that he can take $4,000 for the car.  Susan shows Bill that the car has many problems and offers Bill $3,000 for the car.  Bill is a businessman and wants to sell the car but he also wants to make money.  Bill tells Susan that he can accept $3,750 for the car.  Susan tells Bill that that price is too much and asks Bill to...

"Please lay your cards on the table and give me the final price."

Bill tells Susan that his bottom line is $3,500.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to lay your cards on the table

Barbara has been Steve's girlfriend for almost two years.  In that time, she has almost ended the relationship many times.  She knows that they have no future together but Barbara just can not make the decision to end the relationship.  Poor Steve is oblivious to the situation and does not know that the relationship is in trouble.  One day Barbara decides that she must have a talk with Steve and finally just tell him her true feelings.

"Barbara is going to lay her cards on the table."




to lay your cards on the table - Usage:

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to lay your cards on the table - Gerund Form:

Laying your cards on the table can be considered an act of bravery or foolishness.


to lay your cards on the table - Examples:

1)  I lay my cards on the table when I want to be honest.

2)  You lay your cards on the table when you want to reveal your true plan.

3)  He lays his cards on the table in order to finalize negotiations.

4)  She lays her cards on the table as a last resort.

5)  The government lays its cards on the table when trade talks start to break down.

6)  We lay our cards on the table when there is nothing else to do.

7)  You (all) lay your cards on the table when it is time to tell the truth.

8)  They lay their cards on the table when they wish to reveal the bottom line.

9)  I'm going to lay my cards on the table. I've voted for Labor in every federal election.

10)  Look, I will lay my cards on the table. I want you, I want you real bad.

11)  I'm going to lay my cards on the table here - I've been expecting big things from Assassin.

12)  I'm going to lay my cards on the table and say that I'm a big fan of gap.

13)  Let me lay my cards on the table, I was very closely aligned to Albert Reynolds.

14)  Right from the outset, I must lay my cards on the table; I am unashamedly a fan of Handel's operas.

15)  Time to lay my cards on the table without fear or favour.

16)  Is it better to give people "space" or lay your cards on the table?

17) Essays are not suspense stories or poker games. Lay your cards on the table in the introduction. 

18)  Lay your cards on the table with a good developer and they will propose a solution.

19)  Get things out in the open? Lay your cards on the table? Air your opinion? Not in Japan my friend.

20)  Do us a favor and lay your cards on the table.