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a play on words

Definition of a play on words in English:

A pun: every page contains a subtle play on words or arresting metaphor
More example sentences
  • He said: ‘The youth church will be called Sorted, which is a bit of a play on words, because as well as being a trendy, youth culture word, ‘soter’ is Greek for salvation.
  • ‘The title's a play on words, really,’ he explains.
  • I was unprepared, though, for the excellence of chef Willie Little's establishment Exceed - a play on words which refers to the premises, once the shop and loft for seed merchants.
Synonyms
pun, wordplay, double entendre, double meaning, innuendo, witticism, quip, quibble
rareparonomasia, equivoque, amphibology, pivot, calembour, carriwitchet, clench, clinch, conundrum, nick, pundigrion, whim
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