Definition of play A off against B phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

play A off against B

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

play A off against B

(British English)(North American English also play A off 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 play-off
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