play one's cards right


play one's cards right
play one's cards right & play one's cards well
Fig. to work or negotiate correctly and skillfully. •

If you play your cards right, you can get whatever you want.

She didn't play her cards well, and she ended up with something less than what she wanted.

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or[play one's cards well] {v. phr.}, {informal} To use abilities and opportunities so as to be successful; act cleverly; make the best use of your place or skills. * /That millionaire started with very little but showed a skill in playing his cards right./ * /People liked Harold, and he played his cards well - and soon he began to get ahead rapidly./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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