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plaything

[pley-thing] /ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/
noun
1.
a thing to play with; toy.
2.
a person who is used capriciously and selfishly by another.
Origin of plaything
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; play + thing1
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  • Of course, you know, a man doesn't tell everyone that he's got a plaything of that sort.

  • She'd been treated like a plaything afore he got her and he treated her that way till he died.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Or if it touches it mustn't be rough, for its plaything will break so easily.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • He had yearned for it, as a child might yearn for a plaything.

  • She is my doll, my baby, my plaything—the creature that keeps me human.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • And I will not be the plaything of a moment, to be cast aside the next.

  • The baby is not a toy or a plaything, but a great responsibility.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The child she had left had been his dear plaything, his consolation.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • If Charles had a plaything, Katy wanted it, and would cry till she got it.

    Proud and Lazy Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for plaything

plaything

/ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/
noun
1.
a toy
2.
a person regarded or treated as a toy: he thinks she is just his plaything
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Word Origin and History for plaything
n.

1670s, from play (v.) + thing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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