play hide and seek

Evade or seem to evade someone. For example, Bill is hard to pin down—he's always playing hide and seek. This expression alludes to the children's game in which one player tries to find others who are hiding. It has been used figuratively since the mid-1600s.


Nearby words

  1. play for time,
  2. play games,
  3. play hard to get,
  4. play hardball,
  5. play havoc,
  6. play hooky,
  7. play in peoria,
  8. play into the hands of,
  9. play it by ear,
  10. play it close to one's chest

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.