play at

phrasal verb

played at; playing at; plays at
: to do (something) in a way that is not serious
They were only playing at trying to fix the problem.
chiefly British : to play by pretending to be (someone or something)
She liked to play at doctors and nurses as a child.
often used in the phrase play at being (something)
boys playing at being soldiers
used to say in an annoyed way that one does not know the reason for someone's behavior
What is he playing at?

Examples of play at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show first played at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2007 before opening Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 Pickleball is played at a hybrid clothing retailer, sports club and restaurant Pickle Pop, which occupies 10,000-square-feet that was a former Adidas store. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 Who is the band playing at RNC? A Nashville band played several songs Monday soon after a teleprompter malfunction abruptly ended House Speaker Mike Johnson's introduction of Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 16 July 2024 Additionally, Sabbath Joseph and Reggie Bain (the older brother of current UM star Rueben Bain Jr.) both played at Miami Central. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 16 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for play at 

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“Play at.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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