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play the race/nationalist/environmentalist etc card

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplay the race/nationalist/environmentalist etc cardplay the race/nationalist/environmentalist etc cardto use a particular subject in politics in order to gain an advantage a leader who is skilfully playing the nationalist card to keep power play
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play the race/nationalist/environmentalist etc cardMugabe now plays the race card.It will give the various groups and Tory Members who seek to play the race card the opportunity to do so.
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