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+)
[pley-thing] /ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/ noun 1. a to with; toy. 2. a person who is used capriciously and selfishly by another. /ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/ noun 1. a toy 2. a person regarded or treated as a toy: he thinks she is just his plaything n. 1670s, from play (v.) + thing.
[pley-tahym] /ˈpleɪˌtaɪm/ noun 1. for or recreation. /ˈpleɪˌtaɪm/ noun 1. a time for play or recreation, esp the school break
[pley] /pleɪ/ noun 1. a dramatic composition or piece; drama. 2. a dramatic performance, as on the stage. 3. exercise or activity for amusement or recreation. 4. fun or jest, as opposed to seriousness: I said it merely in play. 5. a pun. 6. the playing, action, or conduct of a game: The pitcher was […]
- Play to the grandstand
verb phrase To try ostentatiously to please the audience; hot dog (1888+ Baseball)