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play down

Verb: play down Meaning: Try to make something seem less important The Government has tried to PLAY DOWN the importance of the minister’s resignation.

play off

Verb: play off Meaning: Play a game to decide who the winner is As both teams had the same points, they PLAYED OFF to decide the winner. Meaning: Make people compete against each other so that you benefit He PLAYED them OFF against each other to get the best...

play on

Verb: play on Meaning: Continue playing a sport though there might be a reason to stop It looked like a foul, but the referee told them to PLAY ON. Meaning: Continue playing music The band PLAYED ON for another hour. Meaning: Exploit a weakness They are just PLAYING...

play out

Verb: play out Meaning: Progress, often till it finishes Let’s see how things PLAY OUT. Meaning: Pretend that something is real and reduce its effect Computer games allow people to PLAY OUT their violent urges. Meaning: Play something to the end Rain stopped...

play up

Verb: play up Meaning: Behave badly The children PLAYED UP all evening and drove the babysitter mad.