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telegraph one's punches

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telegraph one's punches

verb phrase

To let an opponent know one's intentions inadvertently: never get to the top, he telegraphs his punches (1936+ Prizefighting)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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