play your cards right


play your cards right
play your cards right
: to do things in an intelligent and well-planned way

If I play my cards right, I'll be able to graduate next year.

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play your cards right — see card, 1
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play your ˈcards right idiom
to deal successfully with a particular situation so that you achieve some advantage or sth that you want

If you play your cards right, the job could be yours when she leaves.

Main entry:cardidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • if you play your cards right — (if you) play (your) cards right informal something that you say to someone which means that if they behave in the right way, they might succeed at something. Play your cards right and you could be managing this place in a year or so …   New idioms dictionary

  • play my cards right — behave in the best way, do the right things    If you play your cards right at the interview, you should get the job …   English idioms

  • play one's cards right — 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… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play one's cards right — 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… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play cards right — play (your) cards right to do the correct things to achieve a desired result. If I play my cards right, I could be hired as a consultant on that project. Etymology: based on the idea of playing (= choosing and putting on the table) the right card …   New idioms dictionary