Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

play your cards right

play your cards right
Meaning(s)
1) do something well/strategically, do something in the appropriate way in order to get a good result
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • if you play your cards right, sth (good) might happen
  • Analysis
    To 'play your cards right' is an idiom meaning to do something that should give you an advantage or to behave in a way which produces specific strategic results.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm hoping if I play my cards right, I can finish my Ph.D. early and still have some money to travel.
    2. If I play my cards right I can get a grant to help me start my business.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. If you play your cards right, you could get a promotion within the year.
    2. If we play our cards right we can decrease churn by a significant percentage by implementing these techniques.
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