play 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.

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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