Trade in securities in order to make money, as in He is always playing the market with only mixed results. This term uses play in the sense of “gamble,” a usage dating from about 1500.
- Play the ponies
verb phrase To bet on horse races (1908+)
noun 1. a form of psychotherapy used chiefly with children, in which patients act out situations in play that are expressive of their emotional problems, conflicts, etc. play therapy n. A form of psychotherapy used with children to help them express or act out their experiences, feelings, and problems by playing with dolls, toys, and […]
- Play the skin flute
verb phrase To do fellatio (1940s+)
- Play the something card
verb phrase To use an exploitive or inflammatory maneuver: Milosevic saw that the best way to hold on to power was to play the nationalist card (1886+)