play the role

idiom

Definition of play the role

: to act the part of (a particular character) in a film, play, etc. He often plays the role of the villain. often used figuratively He was playing the role of (the) gracious host.

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“Play the role.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20the%20role. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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