play the part

idiom

Definition of play the part

: to act the part of (a particular character) in a film, play, etc. He often plays the part of the villain. often used figuratively I've played the part of (the) devoted wife and mother, and now I want to do something more with my life.He was playing the part of (the) gracious host.

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“Play the part.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20the%20part. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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