play politics


: to say or do things for political reasons instead of doing what is right or what is best for other people
She's been accused of playing politics with the investigation.

Examples of play politics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now that Fitch wants to play politics, financial rating agencies are making even political pollsters look credible. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2023 Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned both Democrats and Republicans not to play politics with the current hold on military promotions and nominations on senior defense positions. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 1 Aug. 2023 And then there are the piques and temper tantrums of ministry officials and company executives who irritate their bosses, play politics or get into personal tiffs with their counterparts in other countries. Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022

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“Play politics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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