English version

play up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplay up phrasal verb1 play something ↔ upEMPHASIZE to emphasize something, sometimes making it seem more important than it really is Play up your strongest arguments in the opening paragraph.2 play (somebody) upBEHAVE British English informal if children play up, they behave badly Jordan’s been playing up in school. I hope the kids don’t play you up.3 play (somebody) upHURT/CAUSE PAIN British English informal to hurt you or cause problems for you My knee’s been playing me up this week. The car’s playing up again. play→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
play upThe Prime Minister made great play of environmental issues, considering how little the government has done.On TV last night the Democratic candidate was clearly playing up his caring image.At the interview, remember to play up your experience of teaching in Japan.
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Verb table
play
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyplay
he, she, itplays
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyplayed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave played
he, she, ithas played
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad played
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill play
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have played
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam playing
he, she, itis playing
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you, we, theyare playing
Past
I, he, she, itwas playing
you, we, theywere playing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been playing
he, she, ithas been playing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been playing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be playing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been playing
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