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 other play material, under the guidance or observation of a therapist.
- 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+)
[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