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playdown

or play-down

[ pley-doun ]
/ ˈpleɪˌdaʊn /
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noun Chiefly Canadian.
a play-off.
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Origin of playdown

First recorded in 1935–40; play + down1
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British Dictionary definitions for playdown

play down

verb
(tr, adverb) to make little or light of; minimize the importance of
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Other Idioms and Phrases with playdown

play down

1

Make little of, minimize the importance of, as in A skillful salesman plays down the drawbacks of the product and emphasizes its good features. [First half of 1900s]

2

play down to. Lower one's standards to meet the demands of someone, as in Some stand-up comics deliberately play down to the vulgar taste of their audiences. [Late 1800s]

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