a card in a hand considered as likely to take a trick, assuming that the player who holds the hand or that player’s partner is the declarer.
- Play in peoria
verb phrase To succeed in areas distinct from such foci of power as Washington and New York or the Northeast in general: When you’re under a deadline, it’s hard to judge what will play in Peoria [1970s+; fr the theater sense of play, to succeed on the stage; perhaps echoing Harold Ross’s criterion that he […]
- Play inside oneself
verb phrase To play nicely within one’s capacity: Jon did a nice job. He played right inside himself (1990s+)
- Play it cool
verb phrase To behave in a calm, controlled, uncommitted way; be watchful and impassive: We asked for a price and the agent ”played it cool” (1955+) 1. Act cautiously and shrewdly, as in When they asked how much she earned, she played it cool. [ ; 1940s ] 2. Become or remain calm, as in […]
- Play kissie