play on words


noun

a pun or the act of punning.

Nearby words

  1. play it safe,
  2. play money,
  3. play musical chairs,
  4. play off,
  5. play on,
  6. play one's cards close to one's chest,
  7. play one's cards right,
  8. play one's trump card,
  9. play out,
  10. play politics

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British Dictionary definitions for play on words

play on words

noun

another term for pun 1 (def. 1)
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Idioms and Phrases with play on words

play on words

A word or turn of phrase with a double meaning, a pun or other humorous use of language. For example, Shakespeare was a master at plays on words—his dramas are full of puns. [First half of 1700s]

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