play up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v play up move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"
    • v play up ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior "She is playing up to the chairman"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor John Travolta was offered the role of Billy Flynn many times for the movie "Chicago." Richard Gere ended up playing the role
    • Play up to make a beginning of playing: to play more vigorously
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Quotations

  • Angela Lansbury
    Angela Lansbury
    “I just stopped playing bitches on wheels and peoples' mothers. I have only a few more years to kick up my heels!”
  • Mira Sorvino
    Mira Sorvino
    “You know how in high school you do these plays and people come up after the show and they're really excited for you? Well, that's what's happening to me right now.”
  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “Just because Fate doesn?t deal you the right cards, it doesn?t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    William%20M.%20Thackeray
    “Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.”
  • Tracy Austin
    Tracy Austin
    “To meet my goals, I couldn't let up when I was playing tennis.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    Henry%20Van%20Dyke
    “Be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at stars.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plegan, to play.

Usage

In literature:

He 'uz all broke up, en w'iles he 'uz gittin' well, hit sorter come 'cross he min' dat Brer Rabbit done play n'er game on 'im.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
With the unexpected lift of the money burden from his shoulders, Jim began to make up for his lost play.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Whenever I began to play the flute, he would go to sleep or run up a tree.
"Kari the Elephant" by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
After dinner they played games, and cracked nuts, and roasted apples, until the clock struck nine; then Bertie got up to go.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
To play this, a Snow Castle, Tower, and Fort must be constructed, and a Bombardment got up.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
Isabelle had caught the public eye; she was a marked personality, and editors played her up big.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Play up and flirt, won't you?
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Keep him guessing and follow up the play if you miss the first tackle.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Gertrude, a death-like pallor playing over her face, got up, passed by her and Daniel, and did not appear again that evening.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Then we sat down under a tree and smoked and played seven up by the light of pine torches, and waited.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
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In poetry:

One shave from him and you'd want no more &mdash
You 'd feel his razor sharp
Then tumble wallop through the floor
And wake up playing a harp
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
A little boy once played so loud
That the Thunder, up in a thunder-cloud,
Said, "Since I can't be heard, why, then
I'll never, never thunder again!"
"Extremes" by James Whitcomb Riley
I lookit lang doon the howms o' the Craw'ck,
Where the fairies by munelicht play,
Then up to the daisies that grow sae white
On the side o' the Carco brae.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
She wept; but the world knew it not, for her eye,
Of joy's playful sunlight would borrow
A few dazzling beams, when another was by,
To drink up the dew-drops of sorrow.
"The Hidden Name" by Hannah Flagg Gould
Until Ferdiah sought the Ford,
I played but with the spear and sword:
The lion rushing with a roar,
The wave that swallows up the shore,
When storm-winds blow and heaven is dim,
Could only be compared to him.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
From the green valley, glad and gay,
Among whose flowers the zephyrs play,
Up to the azure hill, whose height
And distance bound the far-stretch'd sight,
Rearing its proud head silently,—
All, all is eloquent with Thee.
"Summer: Tuesday Evening" by John Bowring

In news:

Rick Santorum played up his victories last night by pointing out that Mitt Romney has significantly outspent him throughout the race.
'Lockout effect' has the Patriots playing catch-up and making it up as they go along.
Texas Tech will play up -tempo style under Walker.
New Eateries Play Up Their Buildings' Legacies.
1 Gophers play up to ranking.
Time for Michigan State's Johnny Adams to play up to his potential.
Purdue set to play up to hype against Michigan.
What the Wizards need to succeed, Part I: High picks must play up to draft status.
Watch Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier after loss: 'I didn't play up to my expectations' (video).
Craft your resume to play up skills, experience.
No-fail makeup secrets to play up your eye color.
Tsonga, Raonic play up to their size.
Supporters play up Reid's fight over Yucca Mountain.
Games Backers Play Up Green.
Obama plays up love of beer to ferment coalition of the swilling .
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In science:

The processes considered in the following belong to the class of continuous semimartingales up to a stopping time S and local times of such processes will play an important role.
One-dimensional Stochastic Differential Equations with Generalized and Singular Drift
Thus, it is conceivable that a realistic NN potential which describes the NN data up to 300 MeV correctly may explain the triton binding energy without recourse to 3-N forces; relativity would play a ma jor role for this result.
Off-Shell NN Potential and Triton Binding Energy
As the temperature T increases, the pair density increases initially slowly up to T = T∗ , and then grows rapidly as entropy comes into play.
Vortex statistics in a disordered two-dimensional XY model
Non-extensivity can not play a role for very low temperatures, at least up to order (1 − q).
Generalized quantal distribution functions within factorization approach: Some general results for bosons and fermions
The presence of a binary companion in the system discussed here is suggestive that it could play a role in determining the location of the outer boundary to the disk as well as pumping up inclinations after gas dispersal.
On the HR 4796A circumstellar disk
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