play up
transitive verb Date: 1909 emphasize; also exaggerate, overemphasize

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • play up — ► play up 1) emphasize the extent or importance of. 2) (play up to) humour or flatter. 3) Brit. informal fail to function properly; cause problems. Main Entry: ↑play …   English terms dictionary

  • play up — [v] emphasize accentuate, bring to the fore*, call attention to, feature, highlight, italicize*, magnify, make a production of*, point up, stress, turn spotlight on*, underline, underscore; concept 49 Ant. deemphasize, play down, underrate,… …   New thesaurus

  • play up — (something) to make something more easily noticed. The report plays up the benefits of the plan but doesn t say much about the costs. Instead of being defeated by her cancer treatment, she played it up, even showing off her bald head at work.… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • play up — verb 1. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent (Freq. 1) The introduction highlighted the speaker s distinguished career in linguistics • Syn: ↑foreground, ↑highlight, ↑spotlight • Ant: ↑play down, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • play up — phrasal verb Word forms play up : present tense I/you/we/they play up he/she/it plays up present participle playing up past tense played up past participle played up 1) [intransitive/transitive] British if children play up or play someone up,… …   English dictionary

  • play up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important. [V P n (not pron)] The media played up the prospects for a settlement... [V P n (not pron)] His Japanese ancestry has been played up… …   English dictionary

  • play up — v. (d; intr.) to play up to ( to flatter ) (to play up to the boss) * * * [ pleɪ ʌp] (d; intr.) to play up to (to play up to the boss; to flatter ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • play up — verb a) To misbehave Children who do not receive enough attention may begin to play up. b) To make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight For the audition, Nicole will play up her skill as… …   Wiktionary

  • play up — Brit.; informal 1) the boys really did play up Syn: misbehave, be bad, be naughty 2) the boiler s playing up Syn: malfunction, not work, be defective, be faulty; informal be on the blink …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • play up — his agents really play up the story of his rise from poverty Syn: emphasize, accentuate, call attention to, point up, underline, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, stress, accent …   Thesaurus of popular words

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