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szdaily -> Speak Shenzhen
Tip one’s hand
    2017-August-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A: Is John planning a birthday party for his girlfriend?

B: Yes, he is. He is also pretending he doesn’t remember the date and is avoiding any comments on birthdays for fear of tipping his hand about the surprise party.

Note: This idiom means to “accidentally reveal one’s intentions.” It has been part of the English language for several hundred years, and it is mostly used in informal contexts. When you tip your hand, you unintentionally reveal what you are planning to do. The expression comes from the game of cards. When you play cards, you try to make sure that the other players do not see what cards you are holding. If you accidentally tip your hand, you let everyone know what you have, and your secret is out.

 

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