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play to winTo play in an especially competitive, committed manner, focused intently on winning.Rate it:

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play to winTo make a special, determined effort to achieve general success or a particular goal, in life, in one's career, in negotiation, etc.Rate it:

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not win for losingTo repeatedly fail in one's gambles or efforts.Rate it:

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win backto win money that has been lost.Rate it:

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win backTo regain favour (with)Rate it:

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win backTo get (someone) to be one's partner, after having been apart.Rate it:

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win by a noseTo win narrowly; to have a narrow victory.Rate it:

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win overTo persuade someone, gain someone's support, or make someone understand the truth or validity of something.Rate it:

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win the dayto gain complete victory or success over something or someoneRate it:

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win the dayto be totally accepted by other people (such as an idea or a proposal)Rate it:

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you've got to be in it to win itIn order to win, or succeed at something, one must first compete or try.Rate it:

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play aroundTo behave in a silly, or childish, or irresponsible way.Rate it:

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play downTo make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious.Rate it:

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play upTo make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight.Rate it:

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play upTo misbehave.Rate it:

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play alongTo take part in a charade, deception, or practical joke.Rate it:

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play aroundTo engage in sexual practices outside of marriage.Rate it:

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play by earTo play guided by one's memory of the sound, rather than from a written score.Rate it:

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play old harryBlenkiron and I have been moving in the best circles as skilled American engineers who are going to play Old Harry with the British on the Tigris. — John Buchan, "Greenmantle", 1916..Rate it:

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play the race cardMark Fuhrman, Murder in Brentwood p.153.Rate it:

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against the run of playContrary to the flow of the game.Rate it:

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all work and no play makes jack a dull boyToo much focus on one's career is often viewed unfavorably.Too much hard work and not enough leisure time can be unhealthy.Rate it:

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child's playSomething particularly simple or easy.Rate it:

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close of playThe end of a day's playRate it:

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close of playThe end of the final game (not to be confused with set or match) during a day at the All England Tennis Championships (Wimbledon)Rate it:

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close of playThe end of the working dayRate it:

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grandstand playA successful play or other manoeuvre during a sporting competition in which one or more players shows off unnecessarily in order to entertain or impress the spectators.Rate it:

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hold-up playA play where an attacker retains possession of the ball, while the teammates can move up the field.Rate it:

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if there's grass on the pitch, play ballOnce someone has grown pubic hair or started puberty, they are sexually accessible.Rate it:

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party and playUsed other than as an idiom: see party, play.Rate it:

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party and playMarked by the use of drugs and the absence of sexual inhibitions.Rate it:

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play aroundTo work with in a non-serious manner.Rate it:

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play backTo replay a recording.Rate it:

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play ballAn expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball.Rate it:

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play ballTo start anything tumultuous.Rate it:

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play ballTo work together; to cooperate.Rate it:

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play both sides against the middleTo manipulate opponents or competitors in a manner which benefits the manipulator.Rate it:

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play by earTo do by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.Rate it:

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play dumbTo pretend to be mute.Rate it:

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play dumbTo pretend to be slow-witted or lacking in specific knowledge, usually in order to avoid responsibility or to gain some advantage.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo be recklessly inaccurate, inappropriate, or otherwise ignoring guidelines and conventions.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.Rate it:

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play first fiddleTo play a leading role.Rate it:

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play for loveTo play a game of cards without stakes.Rate it:

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play for timeTo delay a situation until one is prepared.Rate it:

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play gamesTo deceive, to lie about one's intentions.Rate it:

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play gooseberryto serve as a chaperonRate it:

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play hardballTo act rough and ruthless, especially in politics or business.Rate it:

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play hardballTo use every means possible to achieve a goal, especially in disregarding the harm caused.Rate it:

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play hob withmess with, cause trouble forRate it:

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