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play aroundTo behave in a silly, or childish, or irresponsible way.
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play downTo make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious.
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play upTo misbehave.
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play alongTo take part in a charade, deception, or practical joke.
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play aroundTo engage in sexual practices outside of marriage.
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child's playSomething particularly simple or easy.
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close of playThe end of a day's play
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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)
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close of playThe end of the working day
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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.
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hold-up playA play where an attacker retains possession of the ball, while the teammates can move up the field.
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play aroundTo work with in a non-serious manner.
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play backTo replay a recording.
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play ballAn expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball.
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play ballTo start anything tumultuous.
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play ballTo work together; to cooperate.
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play by earTo play guided by one's memory of the sound, rather than from a written score.
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play by earTo do by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.
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play dumbTo pretend to be mute.
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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.
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play gamesTo deceive, to lie about one's intentions.
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play gooseberryto serve as a chaperon
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play hardballTo act rough and ruthless, especially in politics or business.
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play hardballTo use every means possible to achieve a goal, especially in disregarding the harm caused.
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play hookeyTo be absent without permission, especially from school.
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play hookyTo miss school, work, or other duties without permission or an excuse.
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play it coolto act cool
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play possumTo dissemble or to feign ignorance; to disguise or conceal something in order to deceive.
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play possumTo feign death; to remain quiet and still to escape attention or remain undetected; to lay low.
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play possumTo feign sleep, illness, etc.
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play to winTo play in an especially competitive, committed manner, focused intently on winning.
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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.
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play upTo make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight.
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play withUsed other than as an idiom: play with.
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play withTo fiddle with; make small adjustments to, for example to something mechanical in order to improve its performance.
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play withTo trick.
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play withTo sexually stimulate the genitals.
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run of playA passage of play; a series of consecutive moments, considered as a whole.
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word playUsed other than as an idiom: see word, play.
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word playA technique in which the nature of the words used become part of the subject of the work, such as puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, and telling character names.
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party and playUsed other than as an idiom: see party, play.
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party and playMarked by the use of drugs and the absence of sexual inhibitions.
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play first fiddleTo play a leading role.
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play for loveTo play a game of cards without stakes.
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play for timeTo delay a situation until one is prepared.
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play hob withmess with, cause trouble for
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play it safeTo take a cautious, risk-free approach.
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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..
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play old harryTo play the devil; to make mischief.
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play on wordsA pun, or similar humorous use of language such as a double entendre.
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