play (it) smart

idiom

: to make good decisions
If you play (it) smart, you should be able to graduate in four years.

Examples of play (it) smart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bruins, now 12-0 with three wins over top-20 teams, play smart and savvy basketball, period. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 The Texas Tech offense -- especially quarterback Donovan Smith -- will need to play smart against one of college football’s best defenses. Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2022 Learning to avoid foul trouble has also been a process, balancing when to be aggressive defensively and when to play it smart and avoid the risk of picking up a foul that would take her off the floor. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2023 Even if the Cowboys and Chargers don’t emerge with coaching vacancies entering the offseason, Payton should play it smart and avoid the Broncos coaching job at all costs. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Campbell said his coaching staff wanted to play it smart with Decker to keep him healthy. Chandler Engelbrecht, Detroit Free Press, 2 Aug. 2022 What Rush does is play smart and within the system. David Moore, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2023 With crummy weather leading the field until Sunday, the best that the best in the world could do was hunker down and play smart. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2022 Grant your little one’s wish with a realistic play smart phone from VTech. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2020

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“Play (it) smart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20%28it%29%20smart. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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