play (it) smart

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play (it) smart

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

smart play
  1. : making one smart : causing a sharp stinging

  2. : marked by often sharp forceful activity or vigorous strength

  3. : brisk, spirited

  1. : to cause or be the cause or seat of a sharp stinging pain

  2. : to feel or endure distress, remorse, or embarrassment

  3. : to pay a heavy or stinging penalty

  1. : a smarting pain

  2. : poignant grief or remorse

  3. : intelligence, know-how

  1. : in a smart manner : smartly


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