Definitions for play on

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Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. play on(verb)ɪ

    to emphasize or use sb's emotions to gain an advantage for yourself; = exploit

    campaign advertisements that play on people's fears


  1. play on(Verb)

    of a batsman, to hit the ball into his own wicket, thus being out bowled

  2. play on(Verb)

    to let the game continue after a foul has been committed, because the situation is advantageous to the team who would be awarded a foul.

Translations for play on

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

play on

to make use of (someone's feelings, fears etc)

He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.

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