play up

play up
1. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent (Freq. 1)

The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics

Syn: ↑foreground, ↑highlight, ↑spotlight
Ant: ↑play down, ↑background (for: ↑foreground)
Derivationally related forms: ↑spotlight (for: ↑spotlight), ↑highlighter (for: ↑highlight), ↑highlight (for: ↑highlight), ↑highlighting (for: ↑highlight), ↑foreground (for: ↑foreground)
Hypernyms: ↑bring out, ↑set off
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Something ——s something

2. ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior

She is playing up to the chairman

Syn: ↑cozy up, ↑cotton up, ↑shine up, ↑sidle up, ↑suck up
Hypernyms: ↑ingratiate
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s PP

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play up [phrasal verb]
1 play up (something) or play (something) up
1 a : to talk about or treat (something) in a way that gives it special importance : to emphasize or stress (something)

During the interview, try to play down your weaknesses and play up your strengths.

1 b : to make (something) seem bigger or more important

It was only a small achievement though our CEO tried to play it up.

2 play up or play (someone) up Brit : to cause problems or pain

The children have been playing up [=misbehaving, acting up] again.

The camera started playing up [=acting up] after I dropped it.

Whenever it rains, my arthritis starts playing up. [=acting up]

My back has been playing me up again.

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Main Entry:play

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ˌplay ˈup | ˌplay sb ˈup derived
(informal, especially BrE) to cause sb problems or pain

The kids have been playing up all day.

My shoulder is playing me up today.

Main entry:playderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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