Put All Your Cards On the Table

Also: Lay your cards on the table. As an idiom, in use since the early 1900’s. Meaning of Put All Your (or one’s) Cards On the Table To put all your cards on the table is to be truthful and reveal your true intentions or plans without holding anything back; to be transparent, especially in business … Read more

Pass The Buck

To pass the buck is a common idiomatic expression which has been in used since at least the early 1900’s. Meaning of Pass the Buck To pass the buck means to avoid responsibility or blame for something by passing it on to another person, or to let another person do something you were supposed to do. … Read more

Hold All the Cards

Used metaphorically since the 1900’s. Meaning of Hold All the Cards To hold all the cards means to have all the resources or advantages needed to be in control of a situation. To be the dominant person in a group, to be in the strongest position, to have an edge, or to have everything in … Read more

Hold All The Aces

Also: Hold all the trumps. Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold All the Aces’ To hold all the aces means to have all the advantages over others (opponents, rivals, etc.); to be likely to win. Compare to hold all the cards.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “Right now there is … Read more

Chip In, to

Meaning To chip in means to contribute some money to a cause, a business, or any other effort requiring money. It can also mean to contribute to an effort in any way, such as with physical help. This usually has the connotation of being a small amount of help or money, where each of a … Read more

Call Someone’s Bluff

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call Someone’s Bluff’ To call someone’s bluff is to make someone do something they threaten to do, in the hopes or assurance that they do not dare, or have the means, to carry out the threat. Usage The ‘someone’ in this idiom is important. Someone else’s bluff is always called. You cannot call … Read more

Ace Up Your Sleeve, an

Sometimes also used as “card up your sleeve.” To have an ace up your sleeve is a familiar idiomatic expression which has been in use since at least the early 1900’s. 1Cresswell, Julia. Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Meaning To have an ace up your sleeve or for someone else to … Read more