play out

Idioms & Phrases

play out

  1. Finish, run out, as in This extreme fashion will soon play out, or The tension between factions will surely play itself out by next year. [Late 1500s]

  2. Unwind, unreel, as in They slowly played out the cable. Also see played out.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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