Definition of show one's hand in US English:

show one's hand


  • 1(in a card game) reveal one's cards.

    • ‘Like a player who ‘folds’ at real poker, he is not required to show his hand.’
    • ‘Once you have a straight of seven cards, you may show your hand face up on the table and say ‘Scatterbrain’.’
    • ‘The loser showed his hand; all he had were two cards that matched.’
    • ‘You may continue betting, and if you convince all the other players to fold, you win the pot without having to show your hand.’
    • ‘If you have a king in your original hand and don't like your cards you can show your hand to the other player, discard all 5 cards, and pick a new hand of 5 cards from the top of the stock.’
    • ‘If requested by an opponent, you must show your hand to prove that you had only wild cards.’
    1. 1.1 Disclose one's plans.
      ‘he needed hard evidence, and to get it he would have to show his hand’
      • ‘And when they came out, the judge basically showed his hand and said that he plans to keep these things sealed.’
      • ‘This meeting is the first chance for the Union's boss to show his hand and difficult decisions will need to be made.’
      • ‘Most of our European Union friends are already happily trading in euros and it will soon be time for the Chancellor to show his hand on when the referendum will take place.’
      • ‘I'm probably showing my hand too much, as I'm likely to review the film and should be more objective, but I'm looking forward to loving that movie.’
      • ‘Be careful to show your hand only to those who need to know what you're up to.’
      • ‘Gary Johnson showed his hand: he wanted to legalize heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.’
      • ‘After weeks of speculation, Rangers finally showed their hand when they faxed a formal offer to Rovers yesterday afternoon.’
      • ‘But rivals are not expected to show their hand until the autumn.’
      • ‘‘We don't want to show our hand,’ he said on Tuesday.’
      • ‘They were thought unlikely to show their hand until the details of the redundancy package were fully sorted by the group.’