play hard to get

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play hard to get

Pretend to be inaccessible or uninterested; act coy, especially with the opposite sex. For example, I know he has no appointments tomorrow; he's just playing hard to get, or Nicole is very popular, perhaps because she plays hard to get. [Mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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