play·​thing | \ ˈplā-ˌthiŋ How to pronounce plaything (audio) \

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VCRs were once the expensive, high-tech playthings of the rich. We mustn't let the environment become the plaything of oil companies. The emperor used people as his playthings.
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The classic playthings of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s featured in the Toy Story series come from the golden age of toy innovation. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "The Patents Behind Toy Story’s Beloved Characters," 14 June 2019 House Bill 1159 extends the state’s tax credit for electric vehicles for several years, continuing the practice of giving people who don’t need it thousands of dollars in direct cash to buy their electric playthings. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: In Colorado you’re still paying for rich folks to buy a luxury second car," 7 June 2019 When a combo spoon/fork becomes a plaything named Sporky (Tony Hale), Woody (Tom Hanks) helps him find his place in the world of toys. Gary Thompson,, "It’s blockbuster season: Here are the movies you need to see this summer," 5 June 2019 Which means that, strangely, these $20,000 playthings are a good value. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Dune Buggy Is Back," 22 Dec. 2016 Meantime, at rival Mattel Inc., MAT -0.27% which sells American Girl dolls and Ghostbusters action figures in addition to Barbies and other playthings, the figure was closer to $6,300. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Why Mattel and Hasbro Workers Are a World Apart on Pay," 13 Apr. 2018 Those playthings top a list of 10 questionable toys issued Thursday by World Against Toys Causing Harm, better known by its acronym, W.A.T.C.H., "Saddleback Mountain buyer accused of bilking investor," 21 June 2018 The brand’s signature case is unspeakably expensive, oddly tactical (all that aluminum!), and built, like so many playthings of the rich, to look better once beaten up. Sam Schube, GQ, "Magazine," 16 June 2018 In the past five years, drones have gone from being an expensive plaything for hobbyists to a much more ubiquitous tool. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "When Drones Got You Down, Call In the Eagles," 22 Feb. 2017

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circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of plaything

: a toy
: a person or thing that you treat in a careless way and use for your own amusement or advantage


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