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Play off   /pleɪ ɔf/   Listen
Play off

verb
1.
Set into opposition or rivalry.  Synonyms: match, oppose, pit.  "Pit a chess player against the Russian champion" , "He plays his two children off against each other"






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"Play off" Quotes from Famous Books



... to think you have a licence to play off any impertinent freaks you please, without consideration for any one," he said; "but I tell you it is not so. As long as you are under my roof, you shall feel my authority, and you shall spend the rest of the day in your room. I hope quietness there will bring you to a better mind, but I am disappointed ...
— The Daisy Chain, or Aspirations • Charlotte Yonge

... him on a shelf of his own schoolhouse"; and he was too wary to give him an opportunity. There was something extremely provoking in this obstinately pacific system; it left Brom no alternative but to draw upon the funds of rustic waggery in his disposition, and to play off boorish practical jokes upon his rival. Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders. They harried his hitherto peaceful domains, smoked out his singing-school by stopping up the chimney, ...
— Legends That Every Child Should Know • Hamilton Wright Mabie



Words linked to "Play off" :   confront, playoff, match, oppose, face, pit



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