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English definition of “put/lay your cards on the table”

put/lay your cards on the table

to be honest about your feelings and intentions: I thought it was time I laid my cards on the table, so I told him that I had no intention of marrying him.Honesty, openness and sincerity
(Definition of put/lay your cards on the table from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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