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verb (adverb)
(tr) to finishlet's play the game out if we aren't too late
(tr; often passive) informal to use up or exhaust
(tr) to release graduallyhe played the rope out
(intr) to happen or turn outLet's wait and see how things play out
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play out

1

Finish, run out, as in This extreme fashion will soon play out, or The tension between factions will surely play itself out by next year. [Late 1500s]

2

Unwind, unreel, as in They slowly played out the cable. Also see played out.

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