Act for personal or political gain rather than principle, as in I don't think this judge is fair—he's playing politics. [Mid-1800s]
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In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.
Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling says his politics are keeping him out of Cooperstown.
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Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
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I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!
But I hope at least to play to him a few times, and what is more important, to hear him play repeatedly.
A desultory conversation on politics, in which neither took the slightest interest, was a safe neutral ground.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
To fill up the time till Liszt came, our hostess made us play, one after the other, beginning with the latest arrival.
Again the sallow fingers began to play with the book-covers, passing from one to another, but always slowly and gently.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens