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also by-play  (bī′plā′)
Secondary action or speech taking place while the main action proceeds, as during a theatrical performance.
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Noun1.byplay - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effectbyplay - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
acting, performing, playacting, playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention; "play it straight with no shtik"
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This little bit of byplay excited Annie's curiosity, but Meg was too tired for gossip and went to bed, feeling as if she had been to a masquerade and hadn't enjoyed herself as much as she expected.
Raoul, delighted at the count's companionship, perceived, or affected to perceive nothing of this byplay.
The cultivation of the fine arts appeared to necessitate, to her mind, a great deal of byplay, a great standing off with folded arms and head drooping from side to side, stroking of a dimpled chin with a dimpled hand, sighing and frowning and patting of the foot, fumbling in disordered tresses for wandering hair-pins.
One bit of byplay unnoticed by the seconds, very busy for the moment with their arrangements, must be mentioned.
Lamb [playing] off the most extraodinary tricks," (39) and with, as Wilson tells us, much sexual byplay occurring, this was a celebration that lingered in the public imagination.
The sequel is neither better nor significantly worse (though it's way overlong, and the action scenes aren't too distinctive), its trump cards being once again the characters, their sparky byplay, and the actors who play them.
It's not that nothing's happening: There are rounds of infighting among the multiple criminals, the cases that Murdock and Nelson take on and the young lawyers' romantic byplay with a client who becomes their secretary, and a nurse who learns the masked hero's identity (Deborah Ann Woll and Rosario Dawson, both excellent).
To understand the byplay among the Solicitor General's brief for the EEOC, the majority opinion, and Justice Alito's concurrence regarding the freedom of association, some background is needed.
For a subtler example, in the middle stanzas, I'm struck with the byplay of "vibration," "ancient," "gelatin" and "fever in," a string of near-rhymes.
Hackett--butt of much byplay like the old time court jester, a role he loved--in self-defence replied,
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Khan has denied the allegations and said: "While our client does accept that he and some friends were in a Jacuzzi in Marbella and that there were women there and some light-hearted byplay, our client did not have sex with any woman on that trip.
All this byplay with the peacock, including his nearly fatal misadventure, occupies a considerable portion of the short narrative.