play on words


noun

a pun or the act of punning.

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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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