play on words

noun
a pun or the act of punning.
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play on words
 
n
another term for pun

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Main Entry:  play on words
Part of Speech:  phr
Definition:  a pun
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Idioms & Phrases

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 wordshis dramas are full of puns. [First half of 1700s]

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Example sentences
He laughed, displaying an author's pride at the play on words.
All of this is a play on words to empress investors.
Actually, the first example in this essay is not really a negative statement,
  it's a play on words.
The potential effects of climate change, to use a poor play on words, are
  chilling.
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