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Definition of the verb play down

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verb

  1. understate the importance or quality of

Alternative definition of the verb play down

verb

  1. [idiomatic] To make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious.

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Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms (1993)

by Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz

play down see play. sell (someone) down the river see river. suit (someone) down to the ground see ground. talk down to (someone) see talk. dozen a baker's dozen see baker. daily dozen physical exercises done every day , ...

Google previewAeronautical Dictionary (2004)

With Emphasis on ATC Communications Terms by J. Deborah Balter

Play Down - (UP) - Minimize (maximize) the importance of. (Place emphasis on.) Ex: The pilot played down the possibility of going down ...

Google previewThe Million Word Crossword Dictionary (2010)

by Stanley Newman, Daniel Stark

slander, sneer at, traduce 8 backbite, badmouth, denounce, derogate, diminish , discount, downplay, minimize, play down, ridicule, take down, talk down, tear down, vilipend 9 blaspheme, criticize, denigrate, deprecate, discredit, disparage, ...

Google previewEnglish and Muskokee Dictionary (1890)

by Robert McGill Loughridge, David M. Hodge

to Play down in water, Ak' -áhkopánetv. to Play, (see-saw) Eten-cvmes'SetV. to Play, (ball) Pokkécetv. Play, Ak'hopv'nkv. Play-thing, Sakhopv'nkv. Pleading, (for one) Eyðposiketv.

Google previewThe New American Webster Handy College Dictionary (2006)

Includes Abbreviations, Geographical Names, Foreign Words and Phrases, Forms of Address, Weights and Measures, Signs and Symbols by Albert Morehead, Philip D. Morehead, Loy Morehead

t to play down. down'pour" n. heavy rainfall. downright" adj. 1, direct; plain; blunt . 2, complete; utter; absolute. — adv. thoroughly; completely. — down'right"ness ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

play down minimize, gloss over, make light of, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage, detract, hush up, pooh- pooh, belittle, derogate, whitewash, ...

Google previewBlumenfeld's Dictionary of Acting and Show Business (2009)

by Robert Blumenfeld

play down 1. To perform in a condescending manner for the audience. 2. To throw away a line by deliberately giving it no emphasis. 3. To act a scene in an understated way: play it down. player n. 1. Actor. 2. Instrumentalist. 3.

Google previewThe American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition (2013)

by Christine Ammer

play down 1. Make little of, minimize the importance of, as in A skillful salesman plays down the drawbacks of ...

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I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own. (Lukas Foss)
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