• WordNet 3.6
    • v underplay play a card lower than (a held high card)
    • v underplay act (a role) with great restraint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Underplay (Card Playing) The act of underplaying.
    • Underplay (Card Playing) To play a low card when holding a high one, in the hope of a future advantage.
    • Underplay To play in a subordinate, or in an inferior manner; to underact a part.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • underplay To play in an inferior manner.
    • underplay In whist, to play a low card while retaining a high one of the same suit.
    • n underplay The act of underplaying, especially in whist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Underplay un-dėr-plā′ to play a low card at whist while keeping up a higher one of the same suit
    • n Underplay the act of so doing
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In literature:

If you use it, underplay it.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
I shall either overplay it or underplay it.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The Admiralty underplayed its statement at Jutland.
"Proclaim Liberty!" by Gilbert Seldes
In order to take full advantage of this lead, what is termed "underplay" may be attempted.
"Hoyle's Games Modernized"

In news:

She points out a General Accountability Office report on the SEC that got woefully underplayed in the press this week—and pulls out some gems.
Match, a comedy-thriller with an old queen who's not exactly underplayed by Frank Langella, has opened briefly at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway.
) And similarly, the Showboat 's version of Into the Woods finds an entertaining and engaging Act I leading to a second act of beautiful, touchingly underplayed emotionalism.
The top stories ignored or underplayed by the mainstream news media in 2008-09.
The show features Maddow's take on the biggest stories of the day, including issues in the news that most of the media may have underplayed or overlooked.
Daniel Ryterband, president of pay consultant Frederic W Cook, says the numbers underplay the drama taking place behind the scenes.
Media grossly underplayed massive pro-life rally in Washington.

In science:

The way we have presented this result, as a ‘natural’ consequence of a reasonably ‘straightforward’ Theorem 4.2, substantially underplays its importance and novelty.
Persistent Homology for Random Fields and Complexes
Our view is that the difference is substantial and has been underplayed.
On the equation of motion for test particles in an ambient gravitational field as the Wong equation for a generalized gauge theory