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play for keeps

verb phrase

To be intent and serious to the point of callousness; play hardball: We're out here man for man and playin' for keeps

[1861+; fr the game of marbles and other children's games where the tokens may be either returned or kept by the winner]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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