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play on

vb (intr)
1. (adverb) to continue to play
2. (preposition) Also: play upon to exploit or impose upon (the feelings or weakness of another) to one's own advantage
3. (Cricket) (adverb) cricket to hit the ball into one's own wicket
Translations
يَلْعَبُ على الشُّعور
hrát na
udnytte
spila á
istismar etmekkendi çıkarı için kullanmak

w>play on

viweiterspielen
vi +prep obj (also play upon) (= exploit) sb’s fears, feelings, good naturegeschickt ausnutzen; (= emphasize) difficulties, similaritiesherausstreichen; the hours of waiting played on my nervesdas stundenlange Warten zermürbte mich; the author is playing on wordsder Autor macht Wortspiele/ein Wortspiel

play

(plei) verb
1. to amuse oneself. The child is playing in the garden; He is playing with his toys; The little girl wants to play with her friends.
2. to take part in (games etc). He plays football; He is playing in goal; Here's a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)?; I'm playing golf with him this evening.
3. to act in a play etc; to act (a character). She's playing Lady Macbeth; The company is playing in London this week.
4. (of a play etc) to be performed. `Oklahoma' is playing at the local theatre.
5. to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument). She plays the piano; Who was playing the piano this morning?; He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.
6. (usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick). He played a trick on me.
7. (usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc. I'll play you at tennis.
8. (of light) to pass with a flickering movement. The firelight played across the ceiling.
9. to direct (over or towards something). The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.
10. to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game. He played the seven of hearts.
noun
1. recreation; amusement. A person must have time for both work and play.
2. an acted story; a drama. Shakespeare wrote many great plays.
3. the playing of a game. At the start of today's play, England was leading India by fifteen runs.
4. freedom of movement (eg in part of a machine).
ˈplayer noun
ˈplayable adjective
(negative unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it. Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
ˈplayful adjective
1. happy; full of the desire to play. a playful kitten.
2. joking; not serious. a playful remark.
ˈplayfully adverb
ˈplayfulness noun
ˈplayboy noun
a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.
ˈplayground noun
an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc.
ˈplaying-card noun
one of a pack of cards used in card games.
ˈplaying-field noun
a field which is specially prepared and used for sport.
ˈplaymate noun
a childhood friend.
ˈplaypen noun
a small wooden structure with bars on every side in which a small child can play safely.
ˈplayschool noun
an informal nursery school.
ˈplaything noun
a toy.
ˈplaytime noun
a set time for children to play (at school etc). The children go outside at playtime.
ˈplaywright noun
a person who writes plays. He is a famous playwright.
at play
playing. children at play.
bring/come into play
to (cause to) be used or exercised. The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child's play
something that is very easy. Of course you can do it – it's child's play!
in play, out of play
(of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc.
play at
1. to pretend to be etc. The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.
2. used when asking angrily what someone is doing. What does he think he's playing at (=doing)?
play back to play (music, speech etc) on a record or tape after it has just been recorded (noun ˈplay-back)
play down
to try to make (something) appear less important. He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair
to act honestly and fairly.
play for time
to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve.
play havoc with
to cause a lot of damage to. The storm played havoc with the farmer's crops.
play into someone's hands
to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do.
play off (in games) to play a final deciding game after a draw (noun ˈplay-off)
play off against
to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage. He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on
to make use of (someone's feelings, fears etc). He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in
(not) to be one of the people who are doing (something). He played no part in the robbery.
play safe
to take no risks.
play the game
to act fairly and honestly.
play up
to be troublesome or disobedient. The children are playing up today.
References in classic literature ?
Each guild had its patron saint, and after a time the members of a guild began to act a play on their saint's day in his honor.
Nonetheless she insisted that I ought to go halves with her in the day's winnings, and offered me 800 gulden on condition that henceforth, I gambled only on those terms; but I refused to do so, once and for all--stating, as my reason, that I found myself unable to play on behalf of any one else, "I am not unwilling so to do," I added, "but in all probability I should lose.
Then he called to the miser, and said, 'Tell us now, you vagabond, where you got that gold, or I shall play on for your amusement only,'