To cooperate cozily; play footsie: They point to the hypocrisy of local law enforcement that plays pattycake with the Mafia up on the Strip
[1976+; fr a game one plays with infants]
[pley-pen] /ˈpleɪˌpɛn/ noun 1. a small enclosure, usually portable, in which a young child can safely alone without constant supervision. 2. (defs 2, 3). /ˈpleɪˌpɛn/ noun 1. a small enclosure, usually portable, in which a young child can be left to play in safety (IBM) A room where programmers work. Compare salt mines. [Jargon File]
[pley-ree-der] /ˈpleɪˌri dər/ noun 1. a person who reads and evaluates , as for a publisher, producer, or theatrical company.
[pley-room, -roo m] /ˈpleɪˌrum, -ˌrʊm/ noun 1. a set aside for children’s or adult recreation. /ˈpleɪˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/ noun 1. a recreation room, esp for children
- Play rough
verb phrase To be intent and serious to the point of callousness; play hardball: We’re out here man for man and playin’ for keeps [1861+; fr the game of marbles and other children’s games where the tokens may be either returned or kept by the winner] Related Terms play for keeps