play down; play off; play off against; play on; play out; play up; play up to; play with; plead out

play * down +
淡化;貶低;減低...的重要性
The President played down his affair with the intern.

play off
加賽以決定勝負
As both teams had the same points, they played off to decide the winner.

play * off against
挑撥離間,使相互爭鬥、對抗 (以坐收漁利)
He played them off against each other to get the best deal.

play on
繼續比賽
It looked like a foul, but the referee told them to play on.

play on
繼續演奏
The band played on for another hour.

play on/upon +
利用 (某人的弱點);玩弄 (某人的情感或特質) (以獲取自己想要的東西)
They are just playing on our fears to get us to do what they want.

play on +
一語雙關
The advert plays on the slogan.

play out
以...方式發展;以...作結局
Let's see how things play out.

play * out +
裝出...真的發生的樣子
Computer games allow people to play out their violent urges.

play * out +
把...表演完;把 (比賽) 進行到底
Rain stopped them playing the game out.

play up +
誇大...的重要性;大肆喧染;凸顯
She played up her part in the new movie, but it was actually a very small role.

play up
調皮搗蛋;製造麻煩
The children played up all evening and drove the babysitter mad.

play up to +
逢迎,討好,巴結,取悅,奉承,向 (某人) 獻殷勤
She has been playing up to the boss because she wants a promotion.

play with +
擺弄,玩弄 (某物)
He can't stop playing with his beard.

play with +
沒有吃很多;吃了一點而已
I wasn't hungry, so I just played with the food.

play with +
稍作考慮
We played with the idea, but decided against it.

plead out
認罪 (以減輕刑期或罰款)
The CEO pleaded out and blamed the CFO for the fraud.

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