Definition of play on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


play on

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
(sport) to continue to play; to start playing again The home team claimed a penalty but the referee told them to play on.

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to take advantage of somebody’s feelings, etc. synonym exploit Advertisements often play on people's fears.
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