play upon

phrasal verb
played upon; playing upon; plays upon

Definition of play upon

: to make people do what one wants by using (their emotions, fears, concerns, etc.) in an unfair way Politicians often win votes by playing upon people's emotions.

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“Play upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/play%20upon. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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