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play close to the chest

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play close to the chest

verb phrase

To be secretive and uncommunicative; keep one's counsel: So you had to play your cards very close to your chest/ Nominees have played their cards close to the vest

[1950s+; fr the practice of a careful cardplayer]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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