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play dress-up v.
to dress up as somebody or something, as a children's game

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avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
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1    to occupy oneself in (a sport or diversion); amuse oneself in (a game)  
2    tr   to contend against (an opponent) in a sport or game  
Ed played Tony at chess and lost     
3    to fulfil or cause to fulfil (a particular role) in a team game  
he plays defence, he plays in the defence     
4    tr   to address oneself to (a ball) in a game  
play the ball not the man     
5    intr; often foll by: about or around   to behave carelessly, esp. in a way that is unconsciously cruel or hurtful; trifle or dally (with)  
to play about with a young girl's affections     
6    when intr, often foll by: at   to perform or act the part (of) in or as in a dramatic production; assume or simulate the role (of)  
to play the villain, just what are you playing at?     
7    to act out or perform (a dramatic production)  
8    to give a performance in (a place) or (of a performance) to be given in a place  
9    to have the ability to perform on (a musical instrument)  
David plays the harp     
10    to perform (on a musical instrument) as specified  
he plays out of tune     
11    tr  
a    to reproduce (a tune, melody, piece of music, note, etc.) on an instrument  
b    to perform works by (a specific composer)  
to play Brahms     
12    to discharge or cause to discharge  
he played the water from the hose onto the garden     
13    to operate, esp. to cause (a record player, radio, etc.) to emit sound or (of a record player, radio, etc.) to emit (sound)  
he played a record, the radio was playing loudly     
14    to move or cause to move freely, quickly, or irregularly  
lights played on the scenery     
15    tr     (Stock Exchange)   to speculate or operate aggressively for gain in (a market)  
16    tr     (Angling)   to attempt to tire (a hooked fish) by alternately letting out and reeling in line and by using the rod's flexibility  
17    to put (a card, counter, piece, etc.) into play  
18    to gamble (money) on a game  
19    play ball  
Informal   to cooperate  
20    play fair (or false)   often foll by: with   to prove oneself fair (or unfair) in one's dealings  
21    play by ear      See       ear   1       19  
22    play for time   to delay the outcome of some activity so as to gain time to one's own advantage  
23    play into the hands of   to act directly to the advantage of (an opponent)  
24    play the fool      See       fool   1       7  
25    play the game      See       game   1       22  
26    a dramatic composition written for performance by actors on a stage, on television, etc.; drama  
a    the performance of a dramatic composition  
b    (in combination)  
a    games, exercise, or other activity undertaken for pleasure, diversion, etc., esp. by children  
b    (in combination)  
c    (as modifier)  
play dough     
29    manner of action, conduct, or playing  
fair play     
30    the playing or conduct of a game or the period during which a game is in progress  
rain stopped play     
31      (U.S. and Canadian)   a move or manoeuvre in a game  
a brilliant play     
32    the situation of a ball that is within the defined area and being played according to the rules (in the phrases in play, out of play)  
33    a turn to play  
it's my play     
34    the act of playing for stakes; gambling  
35    action, activity, or operation  
the play of the imagination     
36    freedom of or scope or space for movement  
too much play in the rope     
37    light, free, or rapidly shifting motion  
the play of light on the water     
38    fun, jest, or joking  
I only did it in play     
39    make a play for  
a    to make an obvious attempt to gain  
b    to attempt to attract or seduce,   (See also)        play along       playback       play down       play off       play on       play out       play up       play with  
     (Old English plega (n), plegan (vb); related to Middle Dutch pleyen)  
  playable      adj  

      n   secondary action or talking carried on apart while the main action proceeds, esp. in a play  
child's play  
Informal   something that is easy to do  
chronicle play  
      n   a drama based on a historical subject  
double play  
      n     (Baseball)   a play in which two runners are put out  
      adj   denoting an EP record  
fair play  
1    an established standard of decency, honesty, etc.  
2    abidance by this standard  
foul play  
1    unfair or treacherous conduct esp. with violence  
2    a violation of the rules in a game or sport  
match play  
      n     (Golf)  
a    scoring according to the number of holes won and lost  
b    (as modifier)  
a matchplay tournament        (Compare)        Stableford       stroke play  
  match player      n  
medal play  
      n     (Golf)      another name for       stroke play  
miracle play  
      n   a medieval play based on a biblical story or the life of a saint  
   Compare       mystery play  
morality play  
      n   a type of drama written between the 14th and 16th centuries concerned with the conflict between personified virtues and vices  
mystery play  
      n   (in the Middle Ages) a type of drama based on the life of Christ  
   Compare       miracle play  
Passion play  
      n   a play depicting the Passion of Christ  
1    intr   to pretend or make believe  
2    intr   to behave in an overdramatic or affected manner  
3    to act in or as in (a play)  
  play-acting      n  
  play-actor      n  
play along  
      vb   adv  
1    intr; usually foll by: with   to cooperate (with), esp. as a temporary measure  
2    tr   to manipulate as if in a game, esp. for one's own advantage  
he played the widow along until she gave him her money     
      n      the N.Z. name for       playgroup  
play down  
      vb   tr, adv   to make little or light of; minimize the importance of  
      n     (N.Z.)   a schoolchild's mid-morning snack  
play off  
      vb   adv  
1    tr; usually foll by: against   to deal with or manipulate as if in playing a game  
to play one person off against another     
2    intr   to take part in a play-off  
3      (Sport)   an extra contest to decide the winner when two or more competitors are tied  
4      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a contest or series of games to determine a championship, as between the winners of two competitions  
play on  
      vb   intr  
1    adv   to continue to play  
2    prep     (Also)    play upon   to exploit or impose upon (the feelings or weakness of another) to one's own advantage  
3    adv     (Cricket)   to hit the ball into one's own wicket  
play on words  
      n      another term for       pun   1       1  
play out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to finish  
let's play the game out if we aren't too late     
2    often passive  
Informal   to use up or exhaust  
3    to release gradually  
he played the rope out     
play up  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to emphasize or highlight  
to play up one's best features     
2      (Brit)  
informal   to behave irritatingly (towards)  
3    intr     (Brit)  
informal   (of a machine, car, etc.) to function erratically  
the car is playing up again     
4      (Brit)  
informal   to hurt; give (one) pain or trouble  
my back's playing me up again     
5    play up to  
a    to support (another actor) in a performance  
b    to try to gain favour with by flattery  
play with  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to consider without giving deep thought to or coming to a conclusion concerning  
we're playing with the idea of emigrating     
2    to behave carelessly with  
to play with a girl's affections     
3    to fiddle or mess about with  
he's just playing with his food     
      adj     (Computing)   capable of detecting the addition of a new input or output device and automatically activating the appropriate control software  
satyr play  
      n   (in ancient Greek drama) a ribald play with a chorus of satyrs, presented at the Dionysian festival  
shadow play  
      n   a theatrical entertainment using shadows thrown by puppets or actors onto a lighted screen  
shuffle play  
      n   a facility on a compact disc player that randomly selects a track from one of a number of compact discs  
stroke play  
      n     (Golf)  
a    scoring by counting the number of strokes taken  
b    (as modifier)  
a strokeplay tournament        (Also called)    medal play      Compare       match play       Stableford  
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