by·​play | \ ˈbī-ˌplā How to pronounce byplay (audio) \

Definition of byplay

: action engaged in on the side while the main action proceeds (as during a dramatic production)

Examples of byplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All this byplay has predictably undermined confidence that the deal will ever happen. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 Few films have so poignantly portrayed the mother-daughter byplay. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2020 But the real show here is the peerlessly entertaining Poitier-Steiger byplay. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Apr. 2020 The reverberations will roll out for years to come, affecting the state of presidential power, the national political climate and the byplay between the two parties in Washington. 1. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2020 Maybarduk saw the byplay between Trump and Pfizer as a reflection of the ineffectiveness of the blueprint. Michael Hiltzik,, 11 July 2018 Their amusing byplay is comforting, which translates to some degree as predictable, but familiarity is part of the appeal. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2018 Because the formal byplay of the schema is of more interest to the creators than creating distinctive characters, the lovers never quite take on lives of their own, and Harder’s libretto has a generic quality. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2018 The byplay between the two during the game in their limited head-to-head action Friday night was mostly benign. Ira Winderman,, 14 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of byplay

1812, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2022

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“Byplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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