Joe enjoys the sexual sway she holds over men, toying with their preconceived expectations in order to satisfy her appetite.
For decades, the Pentagon has been toying with the idea of upgrading the B-52 bomber, first built in the mid-1950s.
But on a stage, he comes close to toying with the competition.
c.1300, "amorous playing, sport," later "piece of fun or entertainment" (c.1500), "thing of little value, trifle" (1520s), and "thing for a child to play with" (1580s). Of uncertain origin, and there may be more than one word here. Cf. Middle Dutch toy, Dutch tuig "tools, apparatus, stuff, trash," in speeltuig "play-toy, plaything;" German Zeug "stuff, matter, tools," Spielzeug "plaything, toy;" Danish tøi, Swedish tyg "stuff, gear."
1520s, from toy (n.).
If he be merie and toy with any,Related: Toyed; toying.
His wife will frowne, and words geve manye.
["Song of the Bachelor's Life," 16c.]