play off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v play off set into opposition or rivalry "let them match their best athletes against ours","pit a chess player against the Russian champion","He plays his two children off against each other"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • Play off to show or display
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

I don't care if they do take off the play.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
It has a fountain playing in it, and a covering of cloth or mats spread over it to keep off the sun.
"The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young" by Richard Newton
Children was sent off or out to play, not sit and listen to what grown folks had to say.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Many a shot off the back wall is played from a position closer to the front wall than to the back.
"Squash Tennis" by Richard C. Squires
Master Tom Heywood had a little table to himself off in a corner, and was writing busily upon a new play.
"Master Skylark" by John Bennett
We've played ten holes, and you haven't made one clean drive, and I've got off every one clean.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
One day, Miss Ann was off and I was at the back steps playing and she decided to whip me.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
She played one off against the other.
"A Mere Accident" by George Moore
I'll tell thee how I play'd him off.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
It certainly was his fault that the end of the play was like nothing ever seen off the stage.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, March 19, 1919" by Various
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In poetry:

Oh, cruel off St. Andrew's Bay
The winds are wont to blow!
They either rest or gently play,
When there in dreams I go.
"For Scotland" by Robert Fuller Murray
We are glad you are here again lovely and gay,
Dull was the winter when you were away;
We never have had any heart to play,
While you were afar from the wildwood;
And now we are off to the woodland!
"Early April" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
"The boy was all right, had got off with a scratch:
He had crept through the fence in his frolic to watch
For his father; but, wearied with mischief and play,
Had fallen asleep on the rail where he lay.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson
Tremblin' I played before his Band:
You should have heard the cheers.
Them swell folks gave me such a hand
My cheeks was wet wi' tears . . .
An' now I'm off to tell the wife
The proudest night o' all ma life.
"Segregation" by Robert W Service
But played them off, as women will,
One 'gainst the other one, until
A day when she was sorely pressed To loving neither youth confessed,
But did exclaim - the wily dame,
"Who wins this race, I'll bear his name!"
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Oh, sweet and soft the world is,
Ever so glad and gay, All garlanded with children Who sing and prank and play ! You posy girls wide-petalled,
And boys all round and red,
Dance in the sun forever
Till time goes off to bed!
"A Play Festival In Ogden Park" by Harriet Monroe

In news:

Our games started off with all six of our flag teams playing in some exciting games once again.
Or, hey, maybe a nice shade of green to play off the city's name.
Police kill dog that ' playfully ' ripped off owner's pants.
Rex Grossman will still be feast or famine, but Cedric Benson will help out as an explosive play-maker, and will take some of the pressure off Grossman.
The Jets started off Friday's practice by playing Jay-Z's music from a recent concert, culminating with "Public Service Announcement".
Red Fox Run plays bright, fresh-faced pop-rock songs that manage to avoid coming off as either cheeky or overly earnest — the kind of music, evidently, that makes Barry Fey glad he's no longer in the music business.
Coming off a humiliating loss to the Titans and giving up some big plays, Detroit will be very motivated when the Vikings come to town.
An ad that plays off the faux pas.
'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' star will play late singer in film by Jake Scott.
Shire rep says the field is about to take off, and Shire is poised to play a large role.
Is it too early to call off the rest of the West Virginia Class A season and just play the championship right now between Magnolia and Wheeling Central.
MINNEAPOLIS — As the stone-faced 49ers trudged off the field Sunday, a few of them were greeted on their way to the tunnel by the Vikings mascot, Ragnar, who has been played for the past 19 years by Joe Juranitch.
With the NBA Finals tipping off, we wanted to get some expert opinions on how this series would play out.
Placed onto the taxi squad, which allows him to play Wednesdays and Saturdays, the infielder got off to a quick start Wednesday in his debut.
Alabama Man Wins One Million Dollars Playing 50x the Cash Scratch-Off Game.
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In science:

Fourthly, a limitiation of this study is that it does not apply to angle-tuned sources in which beam walk-off plays a role.
Optimal Co-linear Gaussian Beams for Spontaneous Parametric Down-Conversion
The motion in the off-equatorial lobes proves to be regular while the merging lobes bring chaos into play.
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
Note the different rˆoles played by µ0 in the three lattice actions: in (5) it is an off-diagonal Ma jorana mass, in (7) the fermion-mirror-fermion mixing mass, whereas on the basis in (8) it is a common Dirac mass for ψA and ψB .
Anomalous Fermion Number Non-Conservation on the Lattice
After averaging over the small-scale fluctuations the size l of the topological excitations plays the role of the ultra-violet cut-off.
Quasi-long-range order in nematics confined in random porous media
The production of neutral Higgs bosons via radiation off heavy bottom and top quarks [q ¯q , gg → b¯bΦ, t¯tΦ] might play an important role in SUSY theories .
The Higgs Working Group: Summary Report
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