play itself out


: to take place : happen
This scene plays itself out daily in every large city in this country.
: to stop being current or popular
That style of music had played itself out and the record companies wanted something new.

Examples of play itself out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the old days, the deciding set of a match would play itself out until one of the players won by two games. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2024 Now, a variety of bad things have to happen in sequence for that worst case to play itself out. Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2010 Football is going to play itself out as your backup. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2023 In Singapore a store was forced to shut for 10 days in a bid to let the mayhem play itself out. Jeremy White, WIRED, 6 Sep. 2023 That is all really going to play itself out in August and September once the guys hit the grass and are with our coaches during training camp and the preseason. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 The answer to the question of who will be under center Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La., will play itself out throughout the week of practice. Tom Green |, al, 27 Sep. 2021 Moreover, climate change is expected to play itself out in changes to patterns of weather over long periods of time. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 13 Nov. 2013 In recent weeks, even progressive members of the council have released statements signaling a need to let the reappointment process play itself out. Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2023

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

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