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


play with

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

play with somebody


play with something

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to treat somebody who is emotionally attached to you in a way that is not serious and which can hurt their feelings She tends to play with men's emotions. She realized that Patrick was merely playing with her.
  1. 1  to keep touching or moving something She was playing with her hair. Stop playing with your food!
  2. 2to use things in different ways to produce an interesting or humorous effect, or to see what effect they have In this poem Fitch plays with words which sound alike. The composer plays with the exotic sounds of Japanese instruments. Don’t be afraid to play with colour.
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