play up

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  1. n.
    a strategy; a plan of action. : That was a bad play, Bill. We lost the account.
  2. n.
    an attractive investment; a way to make some money in the securities markets. : I just heard about a good play in the options market.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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play up

Emphasize or publicize, as in In the press interview, the coach played up the importance of having a strong defense. [c. 1900] Also see play down; play up to.

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