secondary action or talking carried on apart while the main action proceeds, esp in a play
If you say that someone is playing at something, you disapprove of the fact that they are doing it casually and not very seriously .
to act in a (specified) manner
If you play on someone's fears, weaknesses, or faults, you deliberately use them in order to persuade that person to do something, or to achieve what you want .
If you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important .
If you refer to someone's attitude or behaviour as fair play, you approve of it because it shows respect and sympathy towards everyone, even towards people who are thought to be wrong or to deserve punishment .
Foul play is criminal violence or activity that results in a person's death .
the practice of fighting with fists
a long-playing gramophone record: usually one 12 inches (30 cm) or 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter, designed to rotate at 33 1 ⁄ 3 revolutions per minute
play made from a position close to the net
If someone is play-acting, they are pretending to have attitudes or feelings that they do not really have.
When you play back a tape or film, you listen to the sounds or watch the pictures after recording them.
to do what someone has asked you to do, or to work with them in order to achieve something that you both want
a box for a child's toys and personal things
an appointment made by several parents to have their young children play together
a day given to play
Play-Doh is a soft coloured substance like clay which children use for making models.
If you play down something, you try to make people believe that it is not particularly important .
to prove oneself fair in one's dealings
If someone plays God, they act as if they have unlimited power and can do anything they want .
Golf is a game in which you use long sticks called clubs to hit a small, hard ball into holes that are spread out over a large area of grassy land.
play hell to play merry hell:
To play hell with something means to have a bad effect on it or cause great confusion . In British English, you can also say that one person or thing plays merry hell with another.
A play-off is an extra game which is played to decide the winner of a sports competition when two or more people have got the same score .
If a dramatic event is played out, it gradually takes place.
A play park is a children's playground .
to act in a way least likely to cause danger, controversy, or defeat
To play upon something means the same as to → play on it.
to consider without giving deep thought to or coming to a conclusion concerning
Role play is the act of imitating the character and behaviour of someone who is different from yourself, for example as a training exercise.
(of a sports commentary ) reporting details of every phase of the match as its happens
an appeal by the team in the field to the umpire regarding a possible base-running infraction, such as failure to touch a base or leaving it to score before a fly is caught, that is considered only when the defending team tags the runner or base in question before making the appeal
an improvised offensive play that results when the originally planned play has not been executed properly
a play in which two runners are put out
Match play is a form of golf where the game is scored by the number of holes someone wins rather than the number of strokes it takes them to complete the course .
→ stroke play
Play-acting is behaviour where someone pretends to have attitudes or feelings that they do not really have.
If you play along with a person, with what they say, or with their plans, you appear to agree with them and do what they want, even though you are not sure whether they are right.
If you play around, you behave in a silly way to amuse yourself or other people.
a regular meeting of small children arranged by their parents or a welfare agency to give them an opportunity of supervised creative play
If you say that someone is playing cupid, you mean that they are trying to bring two people together to start a romantic relationship.
to prove oneself unfair in one's dealings
to not be serious enough about a difficult situation
to cause a great deal of damage, distress, or confusion (to)
If a child plays hooky, they stay away from school without permission .
to pretend in child's play to be grown-up people with the customary household duties
a schoolchild's mid-morning snack
paper that is cut and printed to resemble paper money, often used in playing board games
to try to make people ignore you by pretending to be dead or asleep
If a student plays truant, he or she stays away from school without permission .
A power play is an attempt to gain an advantage by showing that you are more powerful than another person or organization, for example in a business relationship or negotiation .