play it cool


: to act calm
She didn't want to seem too eager, so she decided to play it cool.

Examples of play it cool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the meantime, the front office has had to play it cool. Dave Campbell, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Natalie Portman will never be the most showy (see Rihanna, who rocked up to the show in a directional version of Dior’s famous ’50s silhouette), but there’s quiet power in knowing when to play it cool and when to pop. Alice Newbold, Glamour, 22 Jan. 2024 David is immediately overcome with upstairs/downstairs feelings for Natalie but tries to play it cool. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 But this nylon and spandex sports bra will keep the annoying perspiration at bay whether you’re engaged in a grueling city tour or just living your day-to-day life while trying to play it cool. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 24 Aug. 2023 As opposed to Sutton, who is always accidentally saying everything while trying to play it cool. Jodi Walker,, 8 July 2021 Such a fan, but really had to play it cool. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2023 Cozy up with Celine’s dreamy shearling handbag or play it cool with the most elegant tennis racket holder from Chanel’s RE23 collection. Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Dec. 2022 For now, Scherzer appears content to play it cool., 7 Sep. 2022

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“Play it cool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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