by-play

or by·play

[bahy-pley]

noun

an action or speech carried on to the side while the main action proceeds, especially on the stage.

Nearby words

  1. by-form,
  2. by-line,
  3. by-name,
  4. by-numbers,
  5. by-path,
  6. by-plot,
  7. by-product,
  8. by-road,
  9. by-street,
  10. by-talk

Origin of by-play

First recorded in 1805–15

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British Dictionary definitions for byplay

by-play

noun

secondary action or talking carried on apart while the main action proceeds, esp in a play
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