play up


verb (adverb)

(tr) to emphasize or highlightto play up one's best features
British informal to behave irritatingly (towards)
(intr) British informal (of a machine, car, etc) to function erraticallythe car is playing up again
British informal to hurt; give (one) pain or troublemy back's playing me up again
play up to
  1. to support (another actor) in a performance
  2. to try to gain favour with by flattery

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Idioms and Phrases with play up

play up

Emphasize or publicize, as in In the press interview, the coach played up the importance of having a strong defense. [c. 1900] Also see play down; play up to.

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