play up

verb
played up; playing up; plays up

Definition of play up

Examples of play up in a Sentence

that TV news program plays up sensational stories just to get higher ratings

First Known Use of play up

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of play up was in 1814

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“Play up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20up. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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