Definition of play A off against B phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

play A off against B

 phrasal verb
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play A off against B

 
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to put two people or groups in competition with each other, especially in order to get an advantage for yourself She played her two rivals off against each other and got the job herself. related noun playoff
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