to put your cards on the table

Idiom Definition

"to put your cards on the table"

to show your true feelings or intentions;

to expose your plans or ideas

Idiom Definition - to put your cards on the table


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to put 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 put 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 put 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 put her cards on the table."

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to put your cards on the table - Gerund Form:

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

to put your cards on the table - Examples:

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

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

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

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

5)  The union puts its cards on the table when negotiations are about to fail.

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

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

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

9)  When he finished, I put my cards on the table: that I regard him as disloyal and unreliable.

10)  I'll put my cards on the table here: I like the iPhone.

11)  I would have a confrontation with him and put my cards on the table.

12)  After a few days I couldn't help but put my cards on the table, I messaged her on facebook saying everything

13)  When we had our first date, I put my cards on the table. I told him I was not interested in marriage.

14)  I'm not saying Hitchens is necessarily right (although to put my cards on the table, I think he is).

15)  The time has come for everyone to put their cards on the table and have an open debate.

16)  Both the mentor and mentee should put their cards on the table, to avoid surprises later.

17)  Haul them into court and make them put their cards on the table.

18)  So, for the record, let us put our cards on the table. We are in favor of good architecture.

19)  Morgenthau denied this, was brutally frank. Churchill must put his cards on the table. He must appoint a committee to consider financial questions.

20)  Then one day we had a conversation where she was forced to put her cards on the table, and she said everything that troubled her.