play on

phrasal verb
played on; playing on; plays on

Definition of play on

: to make people do what one wants by using (their emotions, fears, concerns, etc.) in an unfair way The company plays on the concerns of parents in order to sell their products.

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“Play on.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20on. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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