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idioms with card & paper

to be a notable character
to be eccentric
to be a card
to be quite a card
Old Mr Williams
is quite a card, isn't he?
He walks his dog
up and down the road
at all hours of the day and night.
Old Mr Williams...
to be dismissed
from one's job
to be shown
the red card
The accountant
was shown the red card
for defrauding the company.
The phrase derievs from football!
The accountant...
to receive a warning
that disciplinary action
will be taken
if an offence is repeated.
The phrase derievs from football!
to be shown
the yellow card
to have some surprise
or secret in reserve
unknown to one's adversary.
The idiom is taken from
cheating at cards,
when a player conceals an ace
up his sleeve.
to have a card
up one's sleeve
to be in a position
to dictate
the conditions
to hold all the cards
in one's hands
You will have to do
as he says;
he's holding all his cards
in his hands.
You will have to do...
to act will skill
and and good judgment;
to make the most
of one's chances
to play one's cards well
At the interview
Jack played his cards well
by trying to show
how he could be
useful to the company.
At the interview...
a sham,
a cowardly adversary who is unable
to offer any real resistance.
The phrase was coined by the Chinese leader
Mao-Tse-tung at the height
of the Vietnamese Civil War
in reference to the capitalist countries
who, the Chinese claimed,
were too cowardly to defend their interests,
although they made a lot of threats
against their enemies.
paper tiger