To try ostentatiously to please the audience; hot dog (1888+ Baseball)
- Play up to someone
verb phrase To flatter; be compliant: If you play up to him he’ll think you’re brilliant [1826+; fr the behavior of an actor who gives featuring support to another]
[pley-wair] /ˈpleɪˌwɛər/ noun 1. .
[pley-rahyt] /ˈpleɪˌraɪt/ noun 1. a writer of ; dramatist. /ˈpleɪˌraɪt/ noun 1. a person who writes plays n. 1680s, from play (n.) + wright.
[pley-rahy-ting] /ˈpleɪˌraɪ tɪŋ/ noun 1. the art or technique of , ; the work or profession of a playwright.