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underplay

[uhn-der-pley, uhn-der-pley] /ˌʌn dərˈpleɪ, ˈʌn dərˌpleɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to act (a part) sketchily.
2.
to act subtly and restrainedly.
3.
to understate or de-emphasize; downplay:
The ambassador underplayed his role in the peace negotiations.
verb (used without object)
4.
to leave out of one's acting all subtlety and enriching detail.
5.
to achieve an effect in acting with a minimum of emphasis.
Origin of underplay
1725-1735
1725-35; under- + play
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underplay

/ˌʌndəˈpleɪ/
verb
1.
to play (a role) with restraint or subtlety
2.
to achieve (an effect) by deliberate lack of emphasis
3.
(intransitive) (cards) to lead or follow suit with a lower card when holding a higher one
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