Be evasive or deceptive, as in Don't play games with me—I want an honest answer. Also see play the game.
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How to use play games in a sentence
Later schools empty out children, who race over to play games in the shade.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Chris Guise has his Theory of Knowledge class play games of soccer in which the student kicking the ball is blindfolded.Inside Bartow High, One of America’s Best High Schools | Eliza Shapiro | May 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Touch screens let children interact with books or play games related to the story.
They take him along whenever they play games, thinking the mascot helps them to win.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
I stared at him in disbelief and said, "Oh, Mr. Spardleton, this is no time to play games with me."The Professional Approach | Charles Leonard Harness
There is plenty of room to walk about on the decks or to play games when we reach a more summer-like climate.Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
The husband may like to play games, the wife may want to read.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4) | W. Grant Hague
"I could play games with mother quite as well as you," he said with an angry frown.Queensland Cousins | Eleanor Luisa Haverfield