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play on words

noun
1.
a pun or the act of punning.
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British Dictionary definitions for play words

play on words

noun
1.
another term for pun1 (sense 1)
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Contemporary definitions for play words
phrase

a pun

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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 words—his dramas are full of puns. [ First half of 1700s ]
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