- an action or speech carried on to the side while the main action proceeds, especially on the stage.
Origin of by-play
Related Words for byplayaccomplishment, reality, adventure, truth, act, action, feat, fact, do, stunt, thing, plan, exploit, winning, commission, game, quest, enterprise, performance, bit
Examples from the Web for byplay
Historical Examples of byplay
They rode too hard, they were too much in earnest, to take the time for byplay.'Me-Smith'
Miss Leonora sat rather grimly looking on at all this byplay.The Perpetual Curate
Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
He found time also, when the press of the season was over, for some byplay as a reviewer.Musical Criticisms
Some byplay among the gypsies supplies the humor of the situations.The Standard Light Operas
Husband and wife "took turns" from the single cup; there was gayety and byplay.The Higher Court
Mary Stewart Daggett
- secondary action or talking carried on apart while the main action proceeds, esp in a play