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play one's cards to make and carry out the most advantageous choice.
play on words a pun, or an act or instance of punning.
play out to develop and progress to conclusion; proceed. [3 definitions]
playpen a small, usu. portable enclosure where a baby or young child can play safely.
play possum (informal) to pretend to be asleep or dead; keep very still.
playroom a room set aside for recreation.
play second fiddle to serve in a secondary or subordinate capacity.
play someone false to betray or deceive someone.
play structure a large structure, often made of metal or wood, that is built for children to climb and play on and often found in school playgrounds or parks.
playsuit a one-piece or two-piece garment suitable for active play and worn esp. by children.
plaything something that is played with or regarded or treated as a toy. [2 definitions]
playtime time set aside for play or recreation, esp. for children.
play to the gallery to try to appeal to the broadest popular taste.
play with fire to carelessly provoke danger.
playwright one who writes plays.
playwriting the act, art, or profession of writing plays.
plaza a large open space such as a park or public square in the center of a town. [3 definitions]
plea an earnest request or appeal. [3 definitions]
plea-bargain to engage in bargaining that results or may result in a defendant's pleading guilty to a lesser charge rather than being tried on a more serious one.
plea bargaining a pretrial negotiation in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for the state's dropping a more serious charge.
plead to earnestly request or appeal. [5 definitions]