• To lay your cards on the table means to speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions.

  • To be completely open and honest in declaring one’s resources, intentions, or attitude.

  • To truthfully explain what you know or think.

1. It was time to lay my cards on the table and tell him that I wasn’t ready to marry him.


2. Why don’t you lay our cards on the table and confess to the crime!


3. As soon as the CEO’s laid their cards on the table, the negotiations were under way.


4. How about you stop lying and lay your cards on the table.

acknowledge, admit, affirm, announce, concede, confess, declare, divulge, explain, expose, inform, publish, report, reveal, tell

Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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