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play up to someone

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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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