play hard to get

Pretend to be inaccessible or uninterested; act coy, especially with the opposite sex. For example, I know he has no appointments tomorrow; he's just playing hard to get, or Nicole is very popular, perhaps because she plays hard to get. [Mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. play for,
  2. play for keeps,
  3. play for laughs,
  4. play for time,
  5. play games,
  6. play hardball,
  7. play havoc,
  8. play hide and seek,
  9. play hooky,
  10. play in peoria

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