play hard to get


: to pretend that one is not interested in having a romantic or sexual relationship with someone in order to make that person more attracted to one

Examples of play hard to get in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ellie plans to play hard to get with Joe … or dance with him the second Bri goes to the loo. Emma Soren, Vulture, 10 June 2024 Most job applicants play hard to get. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 That’s right, LTW, play hard to get! Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 But the Empress has never had the confidence to play hard to get, alas. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2020 What a time for the White House personnel office to play hard to get! Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 Nov. 2020 Cats have distinct personalities: Some can be high maintenance in their demands of love and attention, while others are more aloof, play hard to get and make their humans work for affection. Traci Howerton,, 2 Sep. 2020

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“Play hard to get.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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