play up


played up; playing up; plays up

Examples of play up in a Sentence

that TV news program plays up sensational stories just to get higher ratings
Recent Examples on the Web These days, there’s almost no luxury car company that doesn’t play up its high-end audio system with brands like Burmeister in Mercedes-Benz, McIntosh in the opulent Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV and Bang & Olufson in Bentley and Genesis cars, among others. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 Orange City plays up its Dutch roots with decorative windmills, Dutch-style gables on storefronts, and an annual tulip festival in May. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 Nicola and Harper also made a cute TikTok backstage at the show, playing up their bond as sisters. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 Vermilion plays up beautiful speckled radicchio from Karma Farm in Maryland, in a haystack of a salad, with local sheep’s milk cheese and ruddy country ham. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 By contrast, Hayes has played up his roots in East County and pledged to deliver for constituents despite Democratic control at the state Capitol. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2024 And despite Spotify also—as Apple points out—sitting atop the music streaming industry, the role of David is one the group appears keen to have played up to. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 12 Mar. 2024 Dennison truly shines in these scenes, making Danny more than Eli’s foil by flexing his comedic timing and playing up his character’s endearing charm. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 Officials not only played up the campus’ academic and research excellence, but also the area’s safety and amenities — such as nearby Disneyland and beautiful Orange County beaches, said Bryan Jue, senior director of outreach and communications. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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