playdown

or play-down

[ pley-doun ]
/ ˈpleɪˌdaʊn /

noun Chiefly Canadian.

a play-off.

Origin of playdown

First recorded in 1935–40; play + down1

Definition for play down (2 of 2)

Origin of play

before 900; (noun) Middle English pleye, Old English plega; (v.) Middle English pleyen, Old English pleg(i)an (cognate with Middle Dutch pleien to leap for joy, dance, rejoice, be glad)

SYNONYMS FOR play

2 show.
3 diversion, pastime. Play, game, sport refer to forms of diverting activity. Play is the general word for any such form of activity, often undirected, spontaneous, or random: Childhood should be a time for play. Game refers to a recreational contest, mental or physical, usually governed by set rules: a game of chess. Besides referring to an individual contest, game may refer to a pastime as a whole: Golf is a good game. If, however, the pastime is one (usually an outdoor one) depending chiefly on physical strength, though not necessarily a contest, the word sport is applied: Football is a vigorous sport.
18, 19 liberty.
23 enact.
25 personate, impersonate.
30 use.
32 bet.
33 back.
45 sport, frolic, romp, revel.
47 dally.

OTHER WORDS FROM play

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British Dictionary definitions for play down (1 of 2)

play down

verb

(tr, adverb) to make little or light of; minimize the importance of

British Dictionary definitions for play down (2 of 2)

play
/ (pleɪ) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of play

playability, nounplayable, adjective

Word Origin for play

Old English plega (n), plegan (vb); related to Middle Dutch pleyen
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Idioms and Phrases with play down (1 of 2)

play down

1

Make little of, minimize the importance of, as in A skillful salesman plays down the drawbacks of the product and emphasizes its good features. [First half of 1900s]

2

play down to. Lower one's standards to meet the demands of someone, as in Some stand-up comics deliberately play down to the vulgar taste of their audiences. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with play down (2 of 2)

play

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