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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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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.
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.
One bit of byplay unnoticed by the seconds, very busy for the moment with their arrangements, must be mentioned.
Still, he should have figured out some way to develop his own byplay or interplay with his canine coactor, since they figure in so many scenes together, and he's the show's main protagonist.
For one thing, the action isn't incoherent but seems to flow naturally; for another, there's enough personality -- mostly in the byplay between Banning and his presidential charge -- to make it feel like there's something at stake.
It's all the other kinds of exposure and interaction and byplay that goes on between attendees.
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).
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,
27) Despite Joyless's fear that 'she'll fall in love with an actor and undo me' (47), Diana's expressed sexual interest in Byplay has consequences only for Joyless's jealousy; at no point does Diana have any actual interest in Byplay except as a performer in 'The Antipodes'.
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.