use/play the race/gender card

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of use/play the race/gender card

: to make a claim that race/gender was unjustly considered as a reason for the way a person was treated
  • She was accused of playing the race card to defend her client.
  • She used/played the gender card and said we didn't hire her because she's a woman.

Word by Word Definitions

use play
  1. : the act or practice of employing something : employment, application

  2. : the fact or state of being used

  3. : a method or manner of employing or applying something

  1. : accustom, habituate

  2. : to put into action or service : avail oneself of : employ

  3. : to consume or take (liquor, drugs, etc.) regularly

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

race play
  1. : the act of running

  2. : a strong or rapid current of water flowing through a narrow channel

  3. : a watercourse used industrially

  1. : to compete in a race

  2. : to go, move, or function at top speed or out of control

  3. : to revolve too fast under a diminished load

  1. : a breeding stock of animals

  2. : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock

  3. : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics

gender play
  1. : a subclass within a grammatical class (such as noun, pronoun, adjective, or verb) of a language that is partly arbitrary but also partly based on distinguishable characteristics (such as shape, social rank, manner of existence, or sex) and that determines agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms

  2. : membership of a word or a grammatical form in such a subclass

  3. : an inflectional form (see inflection 3a) showing membership in such a subclass

  1. : engender

card play
  1. : to cleanse, disentangle, and collect together (fibers) by the use of cards preparatory to spinning

  1. : an instrument or machine for carding fibers that consists usually of bent wire teeth set closely in rows in a thick piece of leather fastened to a back

  2. : an implement for raising a nap on cloth

  1. : playing card

  2. : a game played with cards

  3. : card playing

  1. : to place or fasten on or by means of a card

  2. : to provide with a card

  3. : to list or record on a card


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