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Definition of the verb play up
What does play up mean as a doing phrase?
- move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
- ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior
Alternative definition of the verb play up
- [British, idiomatic] To misbehave
- [idiomatic] To make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight
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by Shori, A K
grade * Students, who play truant, cannot give good performance in the examination Play up: Strike up; begin the music; redouble one's effort, play more vigorously; show up well in crisis; cause somebody problems or pain; make something ...
A Dictionary of Numeral Words, by which All Difficulty in the Remembrance of Figures is Removed (1829)
With an Explanation of the Plan by William Henry Crook (LL.D.)
Play up. Pile your. Plait. Quell. Plume.
by James Main Dixon
To play up to anotlwr — to accommodate oneself to another's peculiarities so as to gain some advantage. F. There is your playing up toady, who, unconscious to its feeder, is always playing up to its feeder's weaknesses. — BkaCoksfield.
by Rosalind Fergusson
to play up l.
by Peter Hunt
Play up and Play ...
by Sidney L. Landau
stress, emphasize, play up, underline, call attention to, praise. player n.
by Paul Dickson
play up to the handle hist. To play excellently; to play up to expectations. “Brooklyn's boys have not been doing any ...
by Elizabeth Jewell
play up to flatter, esp. to win favor. play with fire take foolish risks. playea•ble adj. play•a•bilei•ty n. 1⁄2 v. 1 frolic, caper, sport, have fun.
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- Play up Meaning
Video shows what play up means. To misbehave. To make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious, to showcase or highlight.
- Play Up - Transitive - Phrasal Verbs - ESL British English Pronunciation
- Play Up - Intransitive - Phrasal Verbs - ESL British English Pronunciation
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