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Hi fellow language enthusiasts, so what does "Close to the Vest" or "Chest" mean may I ask? Or more appropriately "Chest" or "Vest" because I also learn that Chest appeared First. But what does the phrase mean at all? Any help is eagerly appreciated.

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possible duplicate of What does "somebody plays things close to the vest" mean? – aedia λ Aug 15 '13 at 21:39

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Keep/hold your cards close to one's chest/vest means keep your intended actions secret (as if one were playing a card game).

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The phrase is an idiom for keeping something that is sensitive to you personal and not readily available to anyone but the few that you trust.


Jonny's struggle with his uprising addiction to cocaine was a matter he kept close to his chest.

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