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play British & World English

Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose

come the old soldier British & World English

Use one’s greater age or experience of life to deceive someone or to shirk a duty

play-play British & World English

Not genuine; make-believe

play on in play British & World English

Exploit (a weak or vulnerable point in someone)

play up in play British & World English

(Of a child) misbehave

play on British & World English

Exploit (a weak or vulnerable point in someone)

play up British & World English

(Of a child) misbehave

play ball in ball1 British & World English

Work willingly with others; cooperate

play ball British & World English

Work willingly with others; cooperate

play dumb in dumb British & World English

Pretend to be unintelligent or unaware in order to deceive someone or gain an advantage

play dumb British & World English

Pretend to be unintelligent or unaware in order to deceive someone or gain an advantage

fair play British & World English

Respect for the rules or equal treatment of all concerned

foul play British & World English

Unfair play in a game or sport

play fair in play British & World English

Observe principles of justice; avoid cheating

play safe in play British & World English

Take precautions; avoid risks

play away in play British & World English

Play a sports fixture on an opponent’s ground

play off in play British & World English

(Of two teams or competitors) play an extra match to decide a draw or tie

play out in play British & World English

Develop in a particular way

play fair British & World English

Observe principles of justice; avoid cheating

play safe British & World English

Take precautions; avoid risks

play away British & World English

Play a sports fixture on an opponent’s ground

play off British & World English

(Of two teams or competitors) play an extra match to decide a draw or tie

play out British & World English

Develop in a particular way

play-act British & World English

Act in a play

play date British & World English

A social occasion arranged for children to play together

play-off British & World English

An additional match played to decide the outcome of a contest

set play British & World English

A prearranged manoeuvre carried out from a restart by the team who have the advantage

pure play British & World English

A company that focuses exclusively on a particular product or service in order to obtain a large market share

play hob British & World English

Cause mischief

play God in God British & World English

Behave as if all-powerful

play God British & World English

Behave as if all-powerful

play-by-play British & World English

A detailed running commentary on a sporting contest

closet play British & World English

A play to be read rather than acted

play dirty in dirty British & World English

Act in a dishonest or unfair way

play dirty British & World English

Act in a dishonest or unfair way

double play British & World English

A defensive play in which two runners are put out

force play British & World English

A play in which a runner must advance when a ball is hit, thereby allowing a fielder to put the runner out by touching the approached base before the runner gets there

play games in game1 British & World English

Deal with someone or something in a way that lacks due seriousness or respect

play games British & World English

Deal with someone or something in a way that lacks due seriousness or respect

medal play British & World English

another term for stroke play.

match play British & World English

Play in golf in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side

play possum in possum British & World English

Pretend to be asleep or unconscious (as an opossum does when threatened)

play possum British & World English

Pretend to be asleep or unconscious (as an opossum does when threatened)

power play British & World English

Tactics exhibiting or intended to increase a person’s power or influence

play about in play British & World English

Behave in a casual, foolish, or irresponsible way

play along in play British & World English

Perform a piece of music at the same time as it is playing on a tape or record

play about British & World English

Behave in a casual, foolish, or irresponsible way


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