make a play for

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a play for

1 :to try to get (someone or something)
  • She made a play for the job, but she didn't get it.
2 :to try to start a romantic or sexual relationship with (someone)
  • He made a play for her.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle


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