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What is 'cards-perpetually-close-to-the-vest '? The following sentence is about American show "Mad Men". What is 'cards-perpetually-close-to-the-vest '? But to become that executive Olson sheds her more "girly" aspects, toughening up as she perhaps subconsciously mimics Draper's cards-perpetually-close-to-the-vest version of the successful executive.
Sep 26, 2012 1:10 PM
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It is "cards perpetually close to the chest" not "vest" To have "your cards close to the chest" means you are giving away little or no information to other people about your personality, your future plans or future business decisions. The saying originates from playing card games where a player holds his cards close to his chest so other players cannot see what cards he has.
September 26, 2012
I agree with Steve - the expression is "to play your cards close to your chest" (though I see no problem with using "vest" here). That is, don't give away any information about your plans.
September 26, 2012
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