To bring into play
Play Play, n. 1. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols. [1913 Webster]

2. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game. [1913 Webster]

John naturally loved rough play. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

3. The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play. [1913 Webster]

4. Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit. ``The next who comes in play.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action. [1913 Webster]

A play ought to be a just image of human nature. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play. [1913 Webster]

7. Performance on an instrument of music. [1913 Webster]

8. Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action. ``To give them play, front and rear.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The joints are let exactly into one another, that they have no play between them. --Moxon. [1913 Webster]

9. Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth. [1913 Webster]

{Play actor}, an actor of dramas. --Prynne.

{Play debt}, a gambling debt. --Arbuthnot.

{Play pleasure}, idle amusement. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{A play upon words}, the use of a word in such a way as to be capable of double meaning; punning.

{Play of colors}, prismatic variation of colors.

{To bring into play}, {To come into play}, to bring or come into use or exercise.

{To hold in play}, to keep occupied or employed. [1913 Webster]

I, with two more to help me, Will hold the foe in play. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To come into play — Play Play, n. 1. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols. [1913 Webster] 2. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game. [1913 Webster] John naturally loved rough play. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 3. The act or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bring into play — bring (something) into play to begin to involve or use something in order to help you do something. Even bringing into play all the resources available would not resolve the immediate shortfall in production …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring into play — idi to cause to be introduced, considered, or used …   From formal English to slang

  • To hold in play — Play Play, n. 1. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols. [1913 Webster] 2. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game. [1913 Webster] John naturally loved rough play. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 3. The act or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bring something into play — phrase to make something start to have an effect If they continue to deliver late, we’ll have to bring the penalty charge into play. Thesaurus: to make something start to exist or happensynonym Main entry: play * * * cause something to begin… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring sth into play — bring/call sth into play ► to start to use something for a particular purpose: »Special computer software programs were brought into play during the vote recount. Main Entry: ↑play …   Financial and business terms

  • bring something into play — bring (something) into play to begin to involve or use something in order to help you do something. Even bringing into play all the resources available would not resolve the immediate shortfall in production …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring something into play — to make something start to have an effect If they continue to deliver late, we ll have to bring the penalty charge into play …   English dictionary

  • To cut a play — Cut Cut (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bring/call sth into play — ► to start to use something for a particular purpose: »Special computer software programs were brought into play during the vote recount. Main Entry: ↑play …   Financial and business terms

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